After months of promising its own social media network For banned posters, former President Donald Trump launched a new section of his website on Tuesday that is essentially just a WordPress blog.
The new “platform” takes the form of a generic version of Twitter, but is hosted as an ongoing blog with comments from the President. People can sign up for messages on the platform through their email and phone numbers, and reportedly able to like themalthough that feature doesn’t seem to work as of publication. Users are also allowed to share Trump’s posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Twitter sharing option is currently not working, but Facebook allows people to share Trump’s posts.
Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond The Verge’s request for comment on whether these sharing options are allowed under Trump’s current ban.
Although the platform officially launched on Tuesday, there are reports going back as far as March 24. Trump’s latest post is a video promoting his new platform, calling it “A place to speak freely and securely, straight from Donald J. Trump’s desk.” According to Fox newsTrump will “eventually” be able to communicate directly with his supporters, although it is not clear how that will happen. Trump’s news agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment
The launch comes just a day before Facebook’s Oversight Board will announce whether Trump will be allowed back on Facebook and other Facebook social media platforms, such as Instagram. Trump was banned from Facebook and its favorite post platform Twitter in January after a right-wing mob stormed the Capitol, killing five people. Facebook’s quasi-judicial moderation panel plans to announce whether the former president can return on Wednesday morning.
The platform appears to have been built by Campaign Nucleus, a digital services company founded by Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale.