Former US President Donald Trump has a new way of communicating with his supporters – but it looks more like a basic website than social media platforms where he has been banned indefinitely since January.
For several months now, Trump’s team has said they have been working on a new social media platform that will rival Facebook and Twitter as a place where the former president can communicate with his followers without any moderation. This site, called “From Donald J. Trump’s office, ”Isn’t quite that.
Fox news first reported on what he called a “new communications platform” on Tuesday, just a day before Facebook Supervisory Board, a group of journalists and political experts who can overturn Facebook’s most controversial decisions, is expected to announce its binding ruling on whether or not Trump can regain access to his suspended Facebook account.
Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News after posting his initial article that the website was “not a new social media platform” but rather a “great resource to find. [Trump’s] latest statements and highlights from his first term, ”and that his team would soon have new information on a social media platform.
For now, Trump’s new website is more like a blog – essentially for posting texts and images with basic sharing functionality.
Users can read the posts Trump shared, “like” them, and then share them on Twitter and Facebook, but they can’t directly comment on the former president’s posts or post their own content on the platform. Trump appears to be the only user posting content to the website right now.
After Trump was accused of encourage his supporters to incite violence In the lead-up to and during the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot, virtually all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, banned Trump from their platforms.
The conservative social media platform Talk, which Trump’s team began using after the former president was banned from other social media channels, was shortly thereafter, completely banned from Apple and Google’s app stores for allegedly allowing its users to incite physical violence on the platform.
Trump and several other Republican Party leaders argued that this sudden erasure of Trump’s social media presence was tantamount to silencing conservative voices by Big Tech. Trump’s team have vowed to find their own way to reach their fans directly, and it looks like this new site is the first small step towards that goal.
It remains to be seen if and how Trump will continue this effort once the supervisory board rules on his Facebook ban on May 5.