Former President Donald Trump’s social media exile may soon be coming to an end. At least that’s the story coming from Trump’s former top advisor Jason Miller.
With less than two weeks left in his term, Trump was indefinitely banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook and Instagram without word on when it will, if ever, be lifted. Following the January 6th storming of the capital, social media companies decided to deplatform the sitting President for violating their community guidelines, citing his false claims regarding election interference, and arguing his speech ahead of January 6th’s riots incited the violence which left several people dead.
Trump was the first president to actively integrate social media into his administration, frequently making policy announcements and revealing his position on key issues with 180 characters or less.
While Americans were sharply divided on Trump’s effectiveness with Twitter, he was popular, among the media and users alike. News outlets had their daily cycle dominated by Trumps’ tweets, and the President’s reach rivaled few. At the time of his banning, Trump had over 88 million followers on Twitter, making him the 6th most followed account on the platform.
Though the 45th President has held a relatively low profile since leaving office, only releasing the occasional public statement and headlining CPAC last month, it appears a new venture is brewing behind the scenes.
“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,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News’ Media Buzz Sunday morning. “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, but it will be his own platform.”
Within Mar-A-Lago, Trump has been hosting several “high-powered meetings” around starting his own social media platform. Miller added his team was approached by “numerous companies” wanting to help make this project a reality.
Conservatives have argued for years that tech giants unfairly target right wing opinions and commentators, applying two sets of standards for content moderation in order to limit their reach. Trump’s platform would likely challenge this approach, and it’s unlikely many from the political left would join the site.
The free speech alternative to traditional platforms, Parler, was banned from the app store and AWS website hosting after tech companies decided they did not like their lax approach to moderating content. The site went back online about a month later after ousting their CEO and founder. It’s unlikely that Trump’s platform would be linked to Parler. At its peak, Parler had 10 million registered users, a number dwarfed by Trump’s following.