Former U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced Wednesday, Oct. 20, the launch of his own media group and social network to rival the mainstream media.
“Trump Media & Technology Group’s mission is to create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley. Which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America,'” said the statement released by the Save America PAC.
According to the release, Truth Social will launch a trial version in November this year and is now available in the Apple Store for pre-order.
A nationwide launch will occur only during the first quarter of next year.
Trump urged those interested in joining his social media to visit www.truthsocial.com to receive an invitation.
“I created Truth Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump wrote in the statement.
“I am excited to send out my first truth on Truth Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on Truth Social and to fight back against Big Tech. Everyone asks me why doesn’t someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will be soon!”
A day after the Jan. 6 incidents on Capitol Hill, Facebook suspended the then–U.S. president’s account, alleging that Trump incited his followers to storm the Congressional grounds.
Congressional Democrats impeached him a second time for “inciting an insurrection.” During the impeachment trial, the former president’s speeches and publications were reviewed.
Trump was acquitted for the second time in the Senate.
However, Facebook decided to leave Trump’s account suspended indefinitely.
What Trump did
After the elections in November 2020, Trump used social media to expose voter fraud and irregularities in the elections of swing states.
On Jan.6, when the House and Senate met to certify the elections of each electoral college, Trump organized a demonstration in the vicinity of Congress on the day of the joint certification.
As Trump and some of his officials gave speeches to hundreds of thousands of people, a small group breached the perimeter of Congress, breaking windows and doors to gain entry.
By that time, the former president had returned to the White House and asked his supporters to return ‘peacefully’ to their homes through a recorded message.
Trump’s ban, while still president, reopened the debate about the power of Big Tech over public discourse. Throughout his administration, the former president constantly denounced Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for selectively censoring conservative personalities and voices that dissent with the mainstream media.
Trump tried unsuccessfully to modify the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which grants “immunity” to Internet platforms to censor content without fear of being sued. However, the law was designed to protect children from inappropriate content.
Trump remains one of the most popular and influential people in American politics, and recent polls show that Trump could beat Biden in the presidential race of 2024.