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Trump Media and Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes said Friday that the company he now leads is preparing for the “battle of all battles” with the existing big tech social media giants.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Nunes first confirmed that the first product TMTG will launch will be a social media platform and that the launch date, for now, looks to be late March.
“Right now, we’re looking at by the end of the first quarter,” he said, but noted further: “We’re going to come out when it’s ready to come out.”
Nunes, a former GOP lawmaker from California, went on to say that there is a very talented team of committed people, all on board with Trump’s ‘America First’ vision, who are building out the infrastructure from scratch so that the site cannot be taken down by any single big tech company.
He also pushed back on media claims that Trump’s company is a pariah: “We have people from every corner of the United States and around the world that want to come work for us.”
“There are people that are essentially sick and tired of the Silicon Valley craziness and the left-wing crap going on,” he told Breitbart.
As for existing platforms that seem to cater more to conservatives, Nunes assured that the Trump platform won’t attempt to replace Parler or GETTR as much as it will be an alternative to “woke corporations” like Twitter.
“There’s plenty of room out there for multiple platforms. But if you’re woke, you’re using algorithms and you’re poisoning not only the United States — but the world — because you have a dominant monopoly on the market, it’s wrong,” he said.
“We’re not going to use algorithms. We’re not going to steal your data. We’re simply going to allow you to post like it used to be back when a lot of these social media platforms were in their early stages. People just posted, they got to post to their friends and they weren’t being served up, you know, sewage,” Nunes continued.
The CEO also assured potential users that there would not be any censorship of ideas, left, right, or center.
“We’re not going to censor based on political bias. Everybody’s able to say their piece, they’re going to be able to be on the town square,” he said.
Nunes said the new platform will also be family-friendly and a place where people will feel comfortable using their real names. “We’ll be a safe place for everyone to come to,” he said. “We’re trying to be high quality, with high reliability where nobody has to worry.”
That said, there will be some legal limits, Nunes added, noting that the platform will have to follow established laws.
“It’s always going to be a challenge, but we’re not going to be just some free-for-all. Like, let everybody just post stuff that is illegal, or that you wouldn’t want your grandma or your daughters to see,” he said. “The goal is to protect our users. Nobody’s stealing their data. Nobody’s threatening their kids online — that won’t be tolerated.”
Nunes also said customer service for users will be a priority, then explained what he meant.
“When I say customer service, it’s not just about making sure that people can go on the platform, but making sure that people have a good experience on the platform,” he said.
The former congressman also mentioned that the platform, called “Truth.Social,” was also considering live-streaming for local news outlets.
Finally, Nunes explained that he left Congress because he realized there was only so much he could do to help constituents, and that he had an opportunity to do so much more for so many more Americans taking his new role.
“These tech companies are bigger than historical global empires. And they become more powerful than most governments are powerful and have more money or wealth than historical empires. And they’re completely out of control,” he said.
“They have so much money. They’ve become arrogant. Like things like historical situations that you’d have to go back a long time to like the worst of the, of the tyrants, the worst of the monarchies that you can think of,” he said.
“I learned through my time representing people that there are some things that I just won’t be able to fix unless I move to the next level. So I see this as the battle of all battles,” he said.