Donald Trump Announces He is Currently ‘Negotiating’ to Appear on Alternative Social Media Platforms
Former president Donald Trump appeared on Newsmax TV with Greg Kelly on Wednesday night to discuss his plans regarding social media now that he has been banned from Twitter and other mainstream tech platforms.
“They really wanted me on Parler, and, you know, I had 89 million, but that was because they held it back,” Trump said referring to Twitter’s manipulations to reduce his reach.
“And then on top of that, I had 36 million, or 39 million, on @POTUS. And we had other sites where we had millions and millions of people, so I guess we were about as big as it gets, and likewise on Facebook, and they all want that, and part of the problem is mechanically, they can’t handle that,” he added.
Trump is worried that social media alternatives will not be able to handle the additional traffic coming from his use of their platforms. Parler already has a hard time getting online, and other platforms such as Gab have reported functionality issues as they have rapidly expanded.
However, Trump has no desire to get back on the major social media platforms and noted the considerable waning of Twitter since his ban.
“If you look at what’s going with Twitter, I understand that it’s become very boring and millions of people are leaving. They’re leaving it because it’s not the same and I can understand that,” Trump said.
“We’re negotiating with a number of people, and there’s also the other operation of building your own site. You can literally build your own site,” he added.
Trump is weighing his options but he has made it clear that he is not intending to return to Twitter considering how they have treated him and his supporters.
“We were being really harassed on Twitter. They were putting up all sorts of flags, I guess they call them. They were flagging almost anything you said. Everything I was saying was being flagged. It’s disgraceful, and yet you have other foreign countries saying the worst things possible, and they don’t even talk about it. But it’s become very boring. We don’t want to go back to Twitter,” Trump said.
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Big League Politics has been reporting on the fall of Twitter after betraying their customers and manifesting the Orwellian Nightmare against MAGA:
In his first personal statement since Twitter’s suspension of Donald Trump, Jack Dorsey attempted to justify banning the president of the United States.
Dorsey’s statement came in the form of a tweet thread Wednesday, one week after the chaos at the US Capitol building.
His first sentence, particularly its first clause, is something very difficult to believe: “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here.” Yeah, okay…
“After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?” Dorsey asked.
Rhetorical question. Of course he thinks it was correct: “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”
The next few tweets in Dorsey’s thread acknowledge how serious it is to ban an account and that Twitter itself should take some blame for failing “to promote healthy conversation.”
“That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications,” he said. “While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.”
“Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”
Dorsey continues by announcing his commitment to a “free and open global internet” while suggesting that Twitter ought to do a better job at consistently enforcing its policies, recognizing that it plays a significant role in incentivizing “distraction and harm,” and acting more transparently when it comes to moderation. He then chooses at this point in the thread to plug his interest in Bitcoin and funding an “open decentralized standard for social media.” Thanks but no thanks, bro.
The era of competition against Big Tech has started, and Trump’s inevitable jump to a social media alternative will compound the momentum that is already building against Silicon Valley monopolies.