Donald Trump set to launch new social network called ‘Truth Social’ to fight Twitter and Facebook

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a photo opportunity with sheriffs from across the country on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo

Former US president and business tycoon, Donald Trump yesterday announced intentions to launch a new social network similar to Facebook and Twitter. Called ‘Truth Social’, its goal, according to the former POTUS, is to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech”.

This report is according to a press released by one of his companies.

“I created Truth Social and TMGT to stand to the tyranny of Big Tech,” Trump stated in the release sent to the media. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced. I’m excited to soon be sharing my thoughts on Truth Social and to fight back against Big Tech,” Trump said

While in office Trump leveraged Twitter to sidestep mainstream media and control the political narrative through explosive tweets. However, Twitter alongside Facebook banned the Former US President 2 days after a mob of supporters stormed the US Capital building in a riot leaving several people dead.

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The former president sued the platforms, alleging censorship and First Amendment violations. He has for some time claimed without evidence that the companies discriminate against the Right, a charge which has been repeatedly denied by the companies.

Despite the creation of a new social media platform, Trump hasn’t forgotten Twitter. Earlier this month, the former president asked a US district judge to grant a preliminary injunction that would restore his account while his lawsuit against Twitter goes through court.

The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMGT), which made the announcement, said the social network will launch a limited beta version in November this year with a wider rollout expected in the first quarter of 2022. TMGT has agreed to merge with Digital World Acquisition Group, a Miami-based company listed on Nasdaq, to form a new company chaired by Trump.

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