After being banned from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, Donald Trump is planning his own social media platform.
The former US President has decided to take matters into his own hands after being suspended from most major platforms following the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Since leaving office, rumours have persisted concerning Trump planning his own social media platforms, and it seems there was a kernel of truth to the matter.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump’s 2020 campaign, appeared on Fox News on Sunday to discuss the former president’s potential to return to social media, using classic Trump hyperbole.
BREAKING: Trump Senior Adviser @JasonMillerinDC says President Trump will likely return to social media in 2-3 months on his own social media platform that will “completely redefine the game” pic.twitter.com/IZCT6ryqFw
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 21, 2021
“This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media. It’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does,” he said.
Sticking to the Trump style of over-promising and under-delivering, Miller refused to go into details or offer any insight into what stage the social media platform was at.
“This new platform is going to be big,” Miller continued.
“I think the president does know what direction he wants to head here, and this new platform is going to be big, and everyone wants him, he’s gonna bring millions and millions, tens of millions of people to this new platform,” Miller said.
Former President Donald Trump is coming back to social media — but this time with his own network, a Trump spokesperson told Fox News https://t.co/ex2tOJghZM
— CNN (@CNN) March 21, 2021
Miller also alluded to Trump is tossing up between funding a creating his own social media network from scratch or teaming up with a pre-existing platform.
“There have been a lot of high-power meetings he’s been having at Mar-a-Lago with some teams of folks who have been coming in,” he said. “It’s not just one company that’s approached the president. There have been numerous companies.”
Unsurprisingly, news that Donald Trump is planning his own social media platform was met with cynicism and snark online.
Opinion: Trump considers adding a social media network to his list of failures https://t.co/IexiZeERHX
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 22, 2021
The FBI has thanked Donald Trump for his plans to create his own social media platform, rendering their surveillance of white nationalist terrorism all the easier.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 21, 2021
I HEAR HE'S GOING TO CALL IT "QWITTER" OR "HICKTOK".
Trump will use 'his own platform’ to return to social media after Twitter ban https://t.co/Gu0f6AyWkl
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) March 21, 2021
Trump’s new social media platform to be named “Mein Space.”
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 22, 2021
The seemingly inevitable announcement that Trump is planning his own social media platform renewed dialogue around his bans from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been adamant that Trump’s ban is permanent – regardless of whether he returns to office in four years.
However, earlier this week, a blog post on Twitter’s corporate website seemed to open the possibility for Trump’s return sometime in the future. The post, titled Calling for public input on our approach to world leaders, asked for readers input.
“We want to hear from the public on whether or not they believe world leaders should be subject to the same rules as others on Twitter. And, should a world leader violate a rule, what type of enforcement action is appropriate.”
Meanwhile, Facebook, which indefinitely suspended Trump in January, has maintained its ban is less concrete and is consulting an independent oversight board to decide whether the ban should stand.