Trump allies launch new social media platform: reports

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A new platform that describes itself as a “non-bias social network” is being launched by former President Trump’s campaign aide and spokesman Jason Miller.

The platform, called Gettr, is in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store as of Thursday afternoon. 

The launch comes after mainstream platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, took action to suspend or ban the former president after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

Miller tweeted Thursday evening about the platform. He said the “official kickoff” is Sunday morning.

Politico first reported that Miller would be leading the platform. Last month, sources confirmed to The Hill that Miller was leaving his role as Trump’s spokesperson for a tech start-up. 

Axios also report Thursday that Miller is launching Gettr. Miller did not respond to requests for comment. 

The app is rated “M” for mature in the app stores, so the recommended age is 17 years old and up. 

Operationally, the app seems to function like Twitter, with users able to scroll through different posts as well as like and “repost” them. There’s also an option for users to scroll through “trending” topics.

It is not yet clear whether Trump will join the new platform launched by his team. A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

In May, Trump launched a website to share blog posts to communicate with his supporters. The site was short-lived, shutting down less than a month after it launched. 

Although Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, he may be able to regain access to Facebook to reach supporters before the 2024 election. 

Facebook announced last month that it would suspend Trump until at least Jan. 7, 2023, a full two years after he was first barred from the platform, and at that time reevaluate whether the “risk to public safety” of restoring his account has abated. 

The decision came after Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board’s ruling that the initial indefinite suspension of Trump’s account was not appropriate.

Updated Friday at 9:16 a.m.

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