Former US President Donald Trump is set to launch his own social media platform called ‘TRUTH Social’. This announcement from the Republican leader comes nine months after he was expelled from some major social media platforms for his role in inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Trump, in a statement on Wednesday, said that his goal in launching the Trump Media & Technology Group and its “TRUTH Social” app is to create a rival to the Big Tech companies that have shut him out and denied him the megaphone that was paramount to his national rise.
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“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” he said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”
In a release, the new venture announced it had been created through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. and said it seeks to become a publicly listed company.
The 45th US President, Trump had spoken about launching his own social media site ever since he was barred from Twitter and Facebook. In May 2021 he launched a blog called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which was touted as a a major new outlet.
In addition to the app, which is expected to soft-launch next month, with a nationwide rollout early next year, the company says it is planning a video-on-demand service that will feature entertainment programming, news and podcasts.
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But Trump, who was also banned from Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat in the wake of the Capitol mayhem, canceled the blog just a month later.
Former Trump aide Jason Miller launched a social network called Gettr earlier this year, but the former president has not yet joined it.
With inputs from the Associated Press