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Update: Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs reported, “News: Trump isn’t joining Jason Miller’s new social media platform, Gettr — won’t have any financial stake or participation, I’m told. Apparently the ex president still has plans for a separate platform. Unclear what exactly.”
News: Trump isn't joining Jason Miller's new social media platform, Gettr — won't have any financial stake or participation, I'm told. Apparently the ex president still has plans for a separate platform. Unclear what exactly.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 1, 2021
Donald Trump’s former spokesman has officially launched his new social media platform and it is likely to get a ton of buzz.
The platform, known as GETTR, launched on Thursday and its mission statement reads that it is a place that is “fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas,” Politico reported.
Trump’s former spokesman, Jason Miller, is leading the platform. A person familiar described the site as similar to Twitter.
Trump’s involvement with the project is unclear as is whether or not he will set up an account on GETTR and use it, though his proximity to Miller suggests that this may be the latest attempt to get him back in the churn of social media
The former president has been looking for alternative ways to engage with his base online after having been booted off Twitter and suspended from Facebook after encouraging the Capitol rioters on January 6. And his prior effort to engage online—through the launch of a professional blog—ended quickly amid widespread ridicule and poor readership.
GETTR is one of the highest-profile projects in a larger ecosystem of pro-MAGA tech and social media platforms that have blossomed on the right, largely fueled by a sense that Big Tech is attempting to silence conservative and pro-Trump ideology from being disseminated online. In recent months, it was widely reported that the Trump team was searching for a platform on which to re-establish his online presence, either by buying a company outright and rebranding it as his exclusive platform, or becoming a featured draw.
An App Store description of the app calls it a “non-bias social network for people all over the world.”
“The app first went live on the Google and Apple app stores in mid-June and was most recently updated Wednesday. It’s been downloaded over one thousand times on each, drawing positive reviews from users,” Politico said.
Miller announced that the new platform would launch last week.
Jason Miller took to Twitter and announced, “New social media platform coming soon. DM me to have your handle reserved! I’ve already set aside @Crooked for you-know-who.”
New social media platform coming soon.
DM me to have your handle reserved!
I’ve already set aside @Crooked for you-know-who. 😂
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 26, 2021
The news comes just days after Trump announced that he had a surprise for big tech and many speculated that it was the long-awaited new social media site.
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.
“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 of five years, that Trump could be getting set to start his own social media website.