Former President, Donald J. Trump announced to the few people who are still listening that he was launching a social media platform devoid of censorship and fact checkers. This ended up just being a page on his website that you can see his Twitter-length thoughts and share them directly to Twitter or Facebook, but hey. As far as narcissism goes, that was actually a pretty smooth move to slide past those regulations. I think he really could have used that wherewithal when deciding if it was a good idea to condemn white nationalism, and ultimately choosing not to… but, anyway, back to the facts.
The page was live for a few days, but received a lot of ridicule for it basically being a blog with no user interaction, and Trump has moved his sights on investing and being part of one of several new social media networks set up in response to Facebook’s rules on false information. The service Parler was popular among Trump fans for a while, following the Twitter ban, but is losing steam after a handful of hurdles (2.6 million monthly visitors in April compared to 20 million before the insurrection). It was removed from Amazon’s web hosting service, basically knocking it offline, after accusations that it was used to help coordinate the Capitol Riot on January 6, and then it was hacked and the hackers shared 99% of user information, telling the public that it was incredibly easy because the website had very dated security measures.
With those things in mind, the King of Mar-a-Lago is doing the only thing that ever actually seems to work out for him and is letting his wallet make some decisions. He has been in talks with a few up-and-coming social media services that vow to never ban users no matter how baseless their conspiracies may be, and is looking to be an avid poster, as well as a member of the C-suite. His team has told fans to look for the new social media service to be available around the 4th of July. Sweet freedom.
As of Friday, Trump has held around 20 meetings with his team strictly to focus on discussions about social media platforms and how to make his be the most prominent in the history of the internet. He’s looking to make it Yuge, reports say. Jokes aside, he actually has stated that he wants an “indestructible platform” that can’t be taken down… whatever the Hell that means.
In his discussions with a handful of fledgling social media networks, he has already said that he expects to be paid for all of the followers he will bring, and his 89 million followers on Twitter is an extremely large (and even impressive, I dare type) amount of people to rightfully nod to as a selling point.
Here is a look at a few of the possible suitors for the platform to quench DJT’s insatiable desire to be cool on the internet again.
Trump has a Brain!
Well, he’s been working with a gentleman named Jeff Brain, anyway, who is the CEO of CloutHub, the newest frontrunner for partnering in his “Safespace of the Future” for both himself, and other Conservatives who were banned from other major social media networks like Twitter and Facebook (which one can only assume they blame on Antifa).
Brain gained some Conservative attention when speaking about his platform at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this year, and CloutHub caught the attention of keynote speaker Donald J. Trump enough for a meeting in Mar-a-Lago that happened last month.
Skylab Apps is the parent company of social media service FreeSpace, which, unfortunately is not a way to play Bingo over zoom as I thought it was when I saw the name. FreeSpace is very similar to Facebook, and also very popular with conservatives. This service is not offered on a desktop, and currently only has 425 daily users, but often Trump likes to feast on the weak, so this has potential.
Another service with promise is Rumble, as it already has more than 58 million monthly views, though it is much more similar to YouTube than it is Facebook or Twitter. If Trump decides to take this route it means a lot of video content of ol’ Trump, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t added it’s success to my prayer list.
But We Want it Now!
Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld Trump’s ban, which he was reportedly not expecting to happen, and this could be reason for not having a true service prepared when he said he would. Many reports project failure for the project, but it’s probably by the same people who said Trump would lose in 2016, so only time will tell.
He did, indeed, label the blog-style page on his website, which is literally called “From the Desk of Donald J Trump,” as a social media network, so some of his followers were a bit turned off because they thought it was time to escape from their perceived chains of limited speech… unfortunately they will have to wait just a little bit longer, as those close to Trump expect him to join forces in time to celebrate Independence Day, or as the Trump family calls it “The One with All the Fireworks.”