TRUMP SEEKS NEW ONLINE MEGAPHONE, AP REPORTS
Defeated US President Donald Trump may have to establish his own online platform after Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other scrubbed his accounts and deprived him of an outlet to promote himself and his truncated views, Frank Bajak reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Though deprived of his big online megaphones, Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach. The far right-friendly Parler may be the leading candidate, though Google and Apple have both removed it from their app stores and Amazon decided to boot it off its web hosting service.
That could knock it offline for a week, Parler’s CEO said. Twitch and Snapchat also disabled Trump’s accounts while Shopify took down online stores affiliated with Trump and Reddit removed a Trump subgroup.
Trump may launch his own platform. But that won’t happen overnight, and free speech experts anticipate growing pressure on all social media platforms to curb incendiary speech as Americans take stock of Wednesday’s violent takeover of the US Capitol by a Trump-incited mob.
In a statement, Trump said: “We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future.”
Knowing Trump’s propensity to lie, many people doubt whether he was talking sense or simply talking through his nose.
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