Is Donald Trump’s New Social Media Network Just a … Blog?
From Chris Katje
For months, former President Donald Trump has been teasing a new social media platform launch after it launched Facebook Inc. FB 1.59% and TwitterTWTR 0.54%. A new platform with words from Trump has a similar feel to Twitter, but it could actually just be a blog.
What happened: A new section on Donald Trump’s website titled “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” features brief posts by the former president from March 24th.
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There are buttons forFacebook and Twitter to share the blog posts. A Twitter spokesperson told The Verge that content sharing is allowed if the content does not violate Twitter rules. Twitter banned an account for @djtdesk because it believes it is related to Trump.
“The President of the United States was deprived of the freedom of speech because the radical left madmen are afraid of the truth,” said Trump on the platform after Facebook decided that they would not take him back into the social network.
Facebook’s oversight board ruled that Trump has repeatedly violated Facebook’s Terms of Service and that he should be banned forever.
Trump’s platform may have been created by Campaign Nucleus, a digital service founded by Brad Parscale, a former Trump campaign manager.
Why it matters: Trump has a wide following, and his tweets have helped create ongoing messages for major websites.
News around the platform launch and new posts from Trump coincided with Facebook’s decision, which could have raised fan awareness to see what his thoughts and opinions were on that decision.
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People can sign up to receive email or text notifications when they provide the information through the new From the Desk platform. Keeping in touch with his followers through the platform could be Trump’s way of circumventing social media bans and getting email addresses and phone numbers for possible political contributions.
The ability for people to hit the Twitter and Facebook share button on the blog posts could post Trump’s thoughts on platforms where he’s banned.
This article originally appeared on Benzinga and was republished with permission.