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Donald Trump is getting set to unleash a big surprise on big tech and it could be a doozy.
He appeared via phone call with Newsmax’s Rob Finnerty and Ric Grenell on Friday and gave an ominous warning to big tech.
“Watch what I do to Big Tech this week,” the 45th President of the United States said in the interview.
“Do you think it’s time to break up Big Tech?” Grennell said to Trump.
“Well, watch next week, because you will see me do something about Big Tech,” Trump said. “And people have wanted me to do it a long time.”
“And it won’t be too surprising,” he said. “They don’t love me to talk about it early. But watch what I do next week on Big Tech. I think you will find it very interesting.”
It could be that Trump is getting set to launch his own social media website, as has long been hinted about and speculated.
His interview comes as Trump is planning a rally for Sarasota County, Florida on July 3.
“Over the past four years, my administration delivered for Americans of all backgrounds like never before. Save America is about building on those accomplishments, supporting the brave conservatives who will define the future of the America First Movement, the future of our party, and the future of our beloved country. Save America is also about ensuring that we always keep America First, in our foreign and domestic policy. We take pride in our country, we teach the truth about our history, we celebrate our rich heritage and national traditions, and of course, we respect our great American Flag,” he said of the rally.
It is particularly possible after Twitter banned him for life and Facebook recently announced that its ban of him would continue for a minimum for five years, that Trump could be getting set to start his own social media website.
The Facebook announcement came on June 4 when Facebook’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg issued a blog post announcing a minimum two-year ban for Trump, Politico reported.
“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” he said. “We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”
“We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year,” it said.
“We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts,” it said.
But even when Trump comes back the company has announced that he will have to live by special rules made for him., which is significant because it means the ban is not permanent.
“When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” it said.
“In establishing the two-year sanction for severe violations, we considered the need for it to be long enough to allow a safe period of time after the acts of incitement, to be significant enough to be a deterrent to Mr. Trump and others from committing such severe violations in future, and to be proportionate to the gravity of the violation itself,” it said.
It is of note that the suspension will continue through the 2022 midterm elections where Trump is expected to play a key role for Republicans.