Donald Trump’s new social network, Truth Social, began its gradual online launch this Sunday, February 20, and should be “fully operational” by the end of March, according to the New York Timesmore than a year after the exclusion of the former US president from major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “I think by the end of March we will be fully operational, at least in the United States”explained Devin Nunes, the boss of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), parent company of the social network.
TruthSocial – truth means “truth” in English – was presented by Donald Trump as an alternative to the social networks from which he was banned after the storming of the Capitol, on January 6, 2021, in which he is accused of having played a role of incitement to violence. The application, which already exists in a test version used by supporters of the billionaire, was available for pre-order on the AppStore on Sunday for Monday, a public holiday in the United States. Later that day on Sunday, it was flagged as available for some of those who had pre-ordered it.
The “truth” is coming
“It’s touching for me to see people who have had their voice muzzled use the platform”said Devin Nunes. “We want them to tell us what content they want on the platformhe added. Unlike the crazed Silicon Valley oligarchs who tell people what they want them to think and decide who can or cannot be on the networks”.
“Truth is coming” (“The truth is coming”) tweeted Elise Stefanik, the number three elected Republican in the House of Representatives, on Friday, in reference to the threatening formula of the TV series Game Of Thrones, “Winter is coming” (” Winter is coming “).
TRUTH is coming….
Thank you to my good friends President Trump and Devin Nunes. pic.twitter.com/xhggimhy9x
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) February 18, 2022
The group has about 1.25 billion dollars to attack its competitors in the already very crowded market of social networks popular with ultra-conservatives, such as Gettr, launched in early July by the former adviser to Donald Trump, Jason Miller, but also Parler and Gab.
Candidate or not?
At 75, Donald Trump leaves doubts about his intention to run again, or not, for the Republican nomination in the race for the White House. He is under investigation over his handling of his taxes and how he allegedly tried to stay in power after his defeat in November 2020. His handling of official documents that should have been passed to the US National Archives is also called into question.
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Before the deletion of his Twitter account, the social network was Donald Trump’s favorite platform, which he used in turn to make presidential announcements and to formulate attacks against his political enemies. He had nearly 89 million subscribers there, whom he spoke to every day.