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Trump creates his own social network and media company

2021-10-21T03:52:32.087Z

The former president was banned from Twitter and Facebook nine months ago for inciting violence on Capitol Hill. Now launching the 'TRUTH Social' app to compete with big tech companies.



Nine months after he was kicked out of major social media for his Jan.6 harangue after which his supporters stormed the Capitol, former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday the formation of his own media company with a platform for social networks.

Trump launched the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG)

and its application for social networks 'TRUTH Social' (which in Spanish means Social Truth).

He said his goal is to create

a rival for big tech companies that shut him off their platforms by

denying him the megaphone that was critical to his national rise.

“We live in a world where the Taliban have a large Twitter presence, but their favorite American president has been silenced.

This is unacceptable, "he said in a statement.

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Donald Trump harangues his supporters on January 6, 2021, moments before they launched to take over the Capitol.Evan Vucci / AP

The new company announced that it had been created through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. and indicated that it seeks to become a publicly traded company.

Since being banned from Twitter and Facebook, Trump has considered creating his own social media site.

He gave up on an earlier attempt to blog within his own website after reviews were abysmal and attracted very few visits.

The former president has also been indefinitely suspended from Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch.

Trump's social media app will debut next month in a preview or beta version for some users and will be released to the general public in the first half of 2022.

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The company also announced that it is planning to launch an on-demand online video download service, which will feature entertainment programming, news and podcasts.

News of the launch sparked

reactions from supporters of the former president and some of his former allies

.

Jason Miller, a former Trump spokesman, and creator of another social media platform called Gettr, congratulated his former boss:


Congratulations to President Trump for re-entering the social media fray.

Now Facebook and Twitter will lose even more market power "

Jason Miller, creator of the social network Gettr

Miller added that his company had not been able to reach an agreement with Trump's new media company, although he did not clarify whether it was referring to a failed merger or some other arrangement.

With information from

The Associated Press

.

Source: telemundo

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