Former President Donald Trump‘s new social media platform “Truth Social” is reportedly launching on 21 February, and guarantees to be a spot at no cost dialogue – as outlined by Mr Trump and his associates – and a viable various to widespread social media websites which have banned him.
The website has already drawn mockery and criticism from different social media customers, thanks partially to a screenshot Donald Trump Jr shared from the website that includes his father selling its forthcoming launch – on Twitter.
The picture accompanying the youthful Trump’s tweet included a picture with the textual content “BREAKING: This was Donald Trump’s first post on ‘Truth Social.'” Below the textual content is reportedly a screenshot of the Truth Social app exhibiting a post from Mr Trump that reads “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!”
The post is curious for quite a few causes. First, Mr Trump seems to be utilizing the identical photograph he used on Twitter, in addition to the identical deal with: @actualDonaldTrump. Presumably Mr Trump selected that deal with as a result of he joined Twitter after another person had already taken @DonaldTrump. Since he runs Truth Social and the app was virtually constructed for his followers to learn his tweets, it could stand to purpose he might simply use @DonaldTrump.
The rationalization for which may be that the location hopes to have cross-platform connectivity with Twitter. Another right-wing social media website, Gettr, has confronted criticism for exhibiting consumer’s Twitter followers with their profile data, making it seem as if much more individuals are utilizing the location than truly are registered. The website’s founder, former Trump spokesman Jason Miller, stated this was as a result of the location was aiming to enact cross-platform posting with Twitter.
Mr Trump’s post on Truth Social additionally appears to be like similar to Twitter’s consumer interface. It contains remark, retweet, like, and share buttons similar to Twitter’s. The retweet button on Mr Trump’s post additionally seems to have been blanked out for some purpose. Journalist Ken Klippenstein theorised that the “low engagement is whited out”.
Users on Twitter pointed out the similarities and the irony that Mr Trump has to promote his Twitter alternative on Twitter.
“Can I copy your homework?” One user wrote, sharing side-by-side images of Truth Social and Twitter. “Sure, simply do not make it apparent.”
Another user, YouTuber Beau of The Fifth Column, predicted the site would be a colossal failure.
“Trump’s first post on his Twitter clone website was written to folks not on the location. This was written to be a screenshot post on Twitter. This will probably be such an excellent dumpster hearth,” they wrote.
Based on the success of other conservative-focused social media sites, the YouTuber may be correct.
Gettr, Gab, and Parler have found the most success in the conservative-aimed social media space. Parler’s mobile app was downloaded about 11.3 million times before it was banned from the Google Play store. When it relaunched on Apple’s AppStore in May 2021, it was only downloaded 141,000 times.
According to app analystics firm SensorTower, Gettr has been downloaded 6.5 million times, and Gab has around 4 million active users.
Those numbers are tiny even when compared to the monthly active user bases of Facebook – 2.910 billion – and Twitter, which has 330 million monthly active users.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell additionally launched what he described as a social media website – FrankSpeech – however that website finally simply grew to become a dumping floor for Mr Lindell’s content material and ads for MyPillow merchandise and Republican marketing campaign endeavours.