Trump the new social networker: former president ‘in talks with a host of apps’ to create his own social media platform
- Trump and his digital advisor are reportedly in talks with a number of app vendors about partnering to create Trump’s own social network
- Axios reported that, among other things, the new FreeSpace app is being considered
- After the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other social media sites.
Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with app vendors as he considers partnering with an existing platform to create his own social media network.
Trump and his digital adviser Dan Scavino are considering a number of relatively unknown platforms, including FreeSpace, Axios reported, citing “ sources familiar with the private discussions. ”
A source told the news website, “It could be one of several companies, with more meetings this week.”
Then-President Trump was banned from Twitter on Jan. 8 – two days after the Capitol uprising – in a move that cut communication between Trump and his nearly 90 million followers on the platform.
Facebook followed suit the next day, meaning Trump lost touch with 33 million accounts. A host of other social media sites subsequently banned Trump.
Some had expected Trump to resurface on Parler – a far-right microblogging site previously in talks with Trump advisers – but those efforts failed.
Donald Trump (pictured) is reportedly in talks with app vendors as he considers partnering with an existing platform to create his own social media network. Trump and his digital adviser Dan Scavino are considering a number of relatively unknown platforms, including FreeSpace, Axios reported, citing “ sources familiar with the private discussions. ” [File photo]
In recent weeks, people close to Trump have often suggested that the former president plans to create a new media company to broadcast his message.
On Sunday, Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump, told Fox News, “I think we’ll probably see President Trump here returning to social media with his own platform in two or three months.”
FreeSpace could be considered an odd choice considering the app has only 20,000 downloads and is branded around ‘the power of possibility’.
The app describes itself as ‘backed by science to positively reinforce good habits and make the world a better place’.
It encourages users to share daily habits and actions that will inspire others to duplicate them by posting to an ‘Activities wall’ and chatting in ‘rooms’.
The app is relatively new and only launched on February 1 in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Axios reported that FreeSpace is affiliated with Skylab Apps, a platform for coaches and trainers.
Details of a deal between Trump and FreeSpace are unclear, Axios reported, and neither the app nor Trump has commented on the report.
FreeSpace could be considered an odd choice for a potential Trump partnership, given that the app has only 20,000 downloads and is branded around ‘the power of possibility’ and the goal of ‘making social media fun again’
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has reportedly stopped him from joining Parler of Gab – which also has a far-right user group – following his ban on mainstream social media networks.
Twitter explained its decision to permanently suspend Trump’s account in a Jan. 8 statement.
“ After a thorough review of recent Tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – particularly how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence, ” it read. .
Twitter executives said in February that the ban would remain.
FreeSpace encourages users to share everyday habits and actions that will inspire others to duplicate them
“If you are removed from the platform, you will be removed from the platform,” Twitter CFO Ned Segal told me CNBC on February 10.
“He was removed when he was president and there would be no difference to anyone who is a government official once they are removed from the service.”
Since starting from his favorite social media site to use and criticize, Trump has released statements from both his America First political action committee and the Office of the 45th President.
Those statements, which have a longer form but are reminiscent of Trump’s Twitter activity, have been described as more presidential in tone than his tweets.