Former President Donald Trump has a new way of communicating with his supporters, but it looks more like a simple website than the social media platforms for which he has been indefinitely banned since January.
Trump's team has said it has been working for several months 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 measure. This site, called "From the desk of Donald J. Trump, "Isn't that quite.
Fox news first reported on what Tuesday a & # 39; new communication platform & # 39; just a day before Facebook's Oversight Board, a group of journalists and policy experts capable of reversing Facebook's most controversial decisions, is expected to announce its binding ruling on whether or not Trump will regain access to his suspended Facebook account.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News after it published its first article that the website is "not a new social media platform," but is instead a "great resource to get [Trump's] latest statements and highlights from his first. tenure, "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 text and images with some basic sharing features.
Users can read messages Trump has shared, give them "a heart," and then reshare them to Twitter and Facebook, but they cannot directly respond to the former president's posts or post their own on the platform. Trump appears to be the only user to post content on the website at the moment.
After Trump was accused of encouraging his followers to incite violence leading up to and during the January 6 uprising at the Capitol, virtually every social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, banned Trump from their platforms .
Conservative social media platform Parler, which Trump's team began using after the former president was banned from other social media networks, was banned from Apple and Google app stores shortly after for allegedly allowing its users to physically assault it. platform.
Trump and several other Republican party leaders have argued that this sudden erasure of Trump's social media presence is leading Big Tech to silence conservative voices. Trump's team promised to come up with its own way of reaching out to its fans directly, and it looks like this new site is the first small step toward that goal.
It remains to be seen if and how Trump will continue that effort after the Oversight Board ruled on his Facebook ban on Wednesday.