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Donald Trump has announced that it will launch a social media platform called TRUTH Social, which will be launched early next year.
The former president, who was banned from Facebook and Twitter earlier this year, says his goal is to compete with the tech companies that denied him the megaphone that was paramount to his rise.
“I look forward to starting soon to share my thoughts on TRUTH Social and fight back against big tech,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump announced the news on Wednesday in a press release, saying the platform would be open to “invited users” for a beta launch in November, with plans to open it to the general public early next year. Truth Social will be a product of a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group that will merge with Digital World Acquisition Corp. originated. The group said it aims to become a public company.
A link to the Truth Social website directs users to sign up for a waiting list or to pre-order the app through the Apple App Store. There screenshots of the Truth Social App show a user profile that is strikingly similar to a Twitter profile. The name Truth Social was named by Trump Group Corp. in July 2021, according to public filings.
Screenshots of the Truth Social app that Donald Trump plans to bring to market. Photo: Apple App Store
In July, Trump sued Facebook, Twitter and Google for alleged censorship. Companies have so far upheld their bans and suspensions of the former president, though Facebook plans to reconsider its decision in two years’ time.
“We live in a world where the Taliban are very present on Twitter, but your favorite American president has been silenced,” Trump said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”
A Guardian request for Trump Media & Technology Group comment on the new company was not returned prior to publication.
It’s not the first time Trump has been planning a return to social media. His previous endeavors included an online communication tool called “From the Desk of Donald J Trump,” which has been described as a “Glorified Blog.”
The Associated Press contributed to the coverage