Story at a glance

  • Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media platform meant to rival Silicon Valley tech companies.
  • Truth Social aims to open to “invited users” for a beta test in November.
  • The company said it plans on a nationwide rollout in the first quarter of 2022.

Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media platform meant to rival Silicon Valley tech companies and “fight back against big tech.” 

The 45th president’s venture follows his bans from social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Truth Social aims to open to “invited users” for a beta test in November, and is the product of Trump Media & Technology Group’s (TMTG) merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. The company said it plans on a nationwide rollout in the first quarter of 2022.

Potential users can sign up for the invite list on the platform’s webpage

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“I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” Trump said in a press release. “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon."

“TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I'm excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech,” Trump continued. “Everyone asks me why doesn’t someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will be soon!”

Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google in July on the grounds that the tech giants violated his free speech by banning him from their respective platforms. Facebook upheld the ban in May but said it will reconsider the ban in two years.

The former president previously ran a webpage called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which shutdown permanently in June.


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Published on Oct 21, 2021