In a press release that went out on October 20, Trump Media and Technology Group announced that they are going to launch their own social media app. TRUTH Social, is set to be launched in its beta version in November, only to invited guests, before it comes out for national users in 2022.
The statement read, “Trump Media & Technology Group’s mission is to create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the “Big Tech” companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.” Former President Trump is permanently banned from some social media applications, while he remains indefinitely suspended on others.
Twitter and Snapchat banned Trump after the January 2021 insurrection led by Donald Trump supporters who wanted to challenge his election defeat. Meanwhile, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have indefinitely suspended him after the same incident. Facebook even separately announced what resulted in the suspension, and how they plan to follow through with it. They said they will evaluate “external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest” again when the suspension period is over.
As chairman of TMTG, he said, “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. 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. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon.”
Interested participants in the beta version can go to www.truthsocial.com to sign up for the invitation. The app is also available in the Apple store for pre-order.
The press document also included the announcement of the merger agreement between Trump Media & Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: DWAC). This agreement means Trump’s TMTG will now become a publicly listed company. TMTG also plans to launch an on-demand video subscription service called ‘TMTG+’. It will air “’non-woke’ entertainment programming, news, podcasts, and more” according to TMTG.