Former President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he plans to launch his own social media platform, which will be called Truth Social. The businessman decided to start the platform after he was banned from several of the major social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, USA Today is reporting.
Trump was banned from the popular social media platforms after his supporters stormed the Capitol during the January 6 riot. The websites were concerns that his continued presence on social media would incite more violence.
Facebook said that the soonest the media personality could resume his account is in 2023. YouTube noted its ban would be lifted after the risk of violence decreases. Twitter revealed its ban is permanent.
In a press release it unveiled yesterday announcing Truth Social’s launch, the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) said it has entered a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. The politician will serve as the chairman of the new company, which will be publicly listed.
“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,” Trump said in the statement.
The former president also said in the statement that Truth Social would “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.” The platform will launch a beta version app on the Apple Store for trial by invited guests next month. The company expects to launch its full rollout in the first quarter of next year.
Trump and his network have been building up to the release of his own social media platform, which he hinted at earlier this year. Throughout his presidency, he had a large presence on Twitter, during which time he launched attacks against his critics and broke news about his administration. Since he has left from the major social media sites, the politician has sent a constant stream of press releases with tweet-like statements to the media and his supporters.