Former President Donald Trump, now a private citizen, is still banned on a majority of popular social media platforms three weeks after leaving the White House. Now, according to his advisor, the former president is considering launching his own social network in response.
In early January, Trump was banned on many social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, who deemed his content to be "disinformation" that was "inciting violence." The president immediately lost access to tens of millions of followers with whom he'd regularly used the social media platforms to communicate, sparking a wave of backlash against the platforms by conservatives and right-wing personalities who accused the tech giants of censoring free speech.
But when it comes to Trump and social media, this may not be the last we've seen of the 45th president.
In an interview with “Breitbart News Saturday,” Jason Miller, a senior advisor to the former president, said Trump may even be exploring the possibility of launching his own platform.
“I would expect that we will see the president reemerge on social media. Whether that’s joining an existing platform or creating his new platform, there are a number of different options and a number of different meetings that they’ve been having on that front," Miller said, though adding that "Nothing is imminent on that."
According to Miller, the app may be called something like “Trumper." He also said Trump is considering joining with existing platforms that have emerged as competitors to giants like Facebook and Twitter.
“All options are on the table. A number of things are being discussed. Stay tuned there because you know he’s going to be back on social media. We’re just kind of figuring out which avenue makes the most sense," he continued.
The suggestion that Trump might start his own social media site comes amid an ongoing censorship war against conservative-leaning social media platforms such as Parler and Rumble, which have both emerged as platforms that will allow free speech without censoring views they don't like. Parler was removed from the Google and Apple app stores following the capitol riots on Jan. 6 after the big tech companies alleged that the riot was planned on the social media networks. Rumble has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly manipulating their search results algorithm to bury the video-sharing platform’s content.
If “Trumper” comes to fruition, it would almost inevitably face similar restriction tactics from the big tech monopolies. Despite this, Trump’s social media app would likely have the support of many of his 74 million U.S. voters.
In an interview with Breitbart News last August, Trump alluded to trouble ahead for big tech companies that censor speech, saying, “The tech companies are very dishonest about that and about free speech. It could be a big problem for them at the appropriate time.”
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