FREE SPEECH? Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ Venture Explicitly Bans Any Criticism of Platform in Its Terms of Service
Conservatives and populists have been cheering over news that President Donald Trump is launching an upstart social media venture to compete with the Big Tech giants.
“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,” Trump said in a written statement announcing his new venture.
“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,” he added.
However, the platform explicitly allows for censorship in its terms of service. They ban any user that will “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.” This terminology is incredibly vague and could end up being more restrictive against speech than Facebook or Twitter.
“Even censorship-heavy Facebook/Twitter don’t go as far as making their companies protected from criticism. I know this is gonna make some people mad, but Trump isn’t really about free speech if his TOS says you’re not allowed to hurt his feelings, as defined by him,” wrote journalist Ford Fischer, who has been frequently targeted with censorship by tech monopolies.
Big League Politics reported about Trump’s first social media venture, which was a grift that fizzled pathetically shortly after its unveiling:
“Former president Donald Trump has announced an independent social media platform that will allow direct interaction with his supporters, but the venture may already be doomed because of the influence from the usual suspects.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and disgraced former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale are running the project. Gab founder Andrew Torba spoke to commentator Pedro Gonzalez to explain his interactions with the Kushner sphere during negotiations earlier this year.
“As we told Mr. Kushner’s aides, Gab has no plans to sell our business or to compromise in any way our mission to defend free speech online for all people,” Torba said. “We fully expect the president’s entry into the arena to accelerate alternative technology growth trends and wish the president and his tech team well.”
“They said that they were in ‘make money mode’ and were focused on how they could financially benefit from Gab and change our free speech stance,” he added. “All I wanted to do was give the president his voice back, but Kushner and others in the president’s orbit expected me to hand the keys to the kingdom over to them and change the core mission of Gab. I wasn’t going to let that happen.”
Some of Trump’s hype men are already making the rounds talking about how Trump’s new social media platform is going to be groundbreaking, trendsetting, and spectacular.
“I do think that we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here, with his own platform,” said Trump senior advisor Jason Miller during an appearance on Fox News’ “#MediaBuzz.” “And this is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media, it’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does.”
“This is going to be launched in the next 3 to 4 months, and it’s going to be an interactive communication tool, whereby the president will be able to post things to it, and people will be able to repost and communicate directly with him,” said former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski during a recent appearance on Newsmax TV.
Lewandowski mentioned that Trump’s platform “is not going to rely on Amazon, or Amazon servers” and will “be completely built from scratch, from the ground up.” He also said that the social media platform is “going to give [Trump] the opportunity to control not only the distribution of it, but also who participates in it,” suggesting that this is an elaborate marketing ploy rather than an authentic attempt to protect digital free speech.“
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