Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the pending launch of a new social network called Truth Social whose stated goal is “to confront the tyranny of big technology,” according to a press release allegedly coming from one of his companies.
Trump Media and Technology Group, which made the announcement, said the social network will begin a limited beta launch in November, with a broader rollout expected in the first quarter of 2022. TMTG has agreed to merge with Digital World Acquisition Group, a company from Miami – Nasdaq-based company, to form a new company chaired by Trump, according to the press release.
“I created Truth Social and TMGT to confront the tyranny of big technologies,” Trump said in the press release sent to the media. “We live in a world where the Taliban have a presence on Twitter, but their favorite American president has been silenced.
“I’m excited to soon share my thoughts on Social Truth and fighting big tech,” Trump said.
Trump’s use of Twitter redefined politics, allowing him to bypass the mainstream media to try to get hold of the political narrative. But Twitter banned Trump on January 8, two days after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol building. left several people dead, including a Capitol police officer. Twitter said the ban was due “to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
In March, Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, told Fox News that the former president would be back with his own social media platform in “two to three months.” Trump opened his own official blog in May, but closed it a month later. Trump has been banned by both Twitter and Facebook since the deadly riot at the US Capitol in January.
The former president sued those platforms along with Twitter, alleging censorship and First Amendment violations, although the First Amendment applies to the government, not private companies like social media sites. Trump has claimed for some time without evidence that companies discriminate on the right, a charge that companies have repeatedly denied.
Despite the creation of a new social media platform, Trump has not abandoned Twitter. Earlier this month, the former president asked a U.S. district judge to grant a preliminary injunction thatwhile his lawsuit against Twitter makes its way to court.
Digital World Acquisition Group is a special purpose acquisition company, or “blank check company,” according to a Can be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SPACs are non-commercial shell corporations that are listed on a public stock exchange for the purpose of acquiring or merging with a private company, making it public as well.
Neither Digital World Acquisition Group nor a Trump representative immediately responded to requests for comment.