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Trump is apparently starting his own social network

Former President Donald Trump plans to return to social media with his own network, according to a senior advisor.

Trump is apparently starting his own social network
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In just a few months we could see yet another social network launch, this one led by Former President Donald Trump himself. According to Jason Miller in an interview on Fox News, Trump will be “returning to social media in probably about two or three months.” He went on to say Trump’s return will be with “his own platform” that will attract “tens of millions” of new users and “completely redefine the game.”

Will it happen?

Twitter was a megaphone for the former president until he was banned after the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol -- where five people were left dead after hundreds of his supporters stormed the US Capitol building. Trump was a prolific Twitter user before and during the rest of his presidency.

Miller offered few details about the new platform, but said: "It's going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what President Trump does, but it will be his own platform."

According to Miller, the former president has been approached by numerous companies and is holding discussions about this new social media network. This comes just weeks after conservative social network Parler was dropped by so many technology vendors the app went dark -- but later resurfaced with closer support from the Mercer family.

"This new platform is going to be big," Miller said on Sunday. "Everyone wants him and he's going to bring millions and millions -- tens of millions -- to this platform."

Big picture

If there’s any pent-up demand for Trump’s online presence, there’s currently very little supply. A new network could be popular among conservatives at launch.

Trump is permanently banned from using Twitter and many other services. Reddit banned the r/DonaldTrump subreddit. Twitch disabled Trump’s channel. Trump’s account on Snapchat has been disabled by the service. Even Shopify removed stores from their service associated with Trump.

Parler was also dropped from many popular services. The conservative social media app was dropped from both Apple and Google’s app stores, went dark for about a month after Amazon AWS dropped the platform from their services. It’s back now, just not available to download from either Apple or Google’s marketplaces.

Trump allies are taking aim at big tech, urging conservative lawmakers to regulate major platforms. Trump and his allies believe giants like Facebook and Twitter favor progressive voices and censor conservatives with their content moderation practices.

Bottom line

Trump hasn’t confirmed any plans to create his own social network after the statements made by Jason Miller on Fox.

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