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Trump’s social media app plans slow rollout

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Donald Trump’s new social media platform ‘Truth Social’ will potentially raise the former president’s profile more than a year after he was banned by major social media. AFP

Trump’s social media app plans slow rollout

Donald Trump’s new social media platform “Truth Social” was planning a gradual rollout last week and should be “fully operational” by late March, potentially raising the former president’s profile more than a year after he was banned by major social media.

“[We] will begin to roll out to people on the Apple App store,” said Devin Nunes, CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the new app’s parent company. The former Republican congressman was speaking on February 20 on conservative Fox News.

“I think, by the end of March, we’re going to be fully operational – at least within the United States,” added Nunes, who resigned from the US House to lead the Trump group.

Trump has described the app as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, all of which banned him following the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.

The former president has been accused of inciting his followers to use force in a bid to overturn the result of the 2020 election.

On February 20, the App Store was allowing visitors to pre-order Truth Social starting on February 21, the Presidents Day holiday in the US.

“It’s actually very moving for me to see people that are on the platform that have had their voice cancelled,” Nunes said.

“We want [customers] to tell us what they would like to have on the platform, which is the opposite of some Silicon Valley tech oligarch freak telling people what they want to think and deciding who can or cannot be on the platform,” he said.

Trump and his wife Melania Trump also plan on February 21 to offer for sale 10,000 NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, illustrating key moments in the Trump presidency. NFTs are certified digital images that can be bought and sold.

“TRUTH is coming . . .” congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican, tweeted on February 18, in an allusion to the ominous catch phrase of television series Game of Thrones (Winter is coming).

She posted a screen grab of her message on Truth Beta, the test version of the new site, saying, “I’m so excited to be on TRUTH!”

And Donald Trump Jr celebrated on Twitter, posting, “Time for some Truth!!!” and including what he said was his father’s first post on Truth Social: “Get Ready! Your favourite President will see you soon!”

TMTG, asked for comment by AFP, did not immediately respond.

The group reportedly has a $1.25 billion treasure chest as it seeks a niche in a crowded social-media market place for conservatives, including the Gettr, Parler and Gab platforms.

Before being banned by Twitter, Trump had some 89 million followers and used the platform constantly, both for presidential statements and to attack rivals.

Trump, who is 75, has hinted but never definitively said whether he will seek the presidency again.

He is currently under the shadow of multiple investigations and lawsuits, including over his tax filings and his efforts to cling to power after losing the 2020 election.

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