Between the last presidential election and the ongoing pandemic, the past two years were a turning point for the social media giant—and not a good one.
Big tech companies that once prided themselves on their commitment to facilitating the free flow of information and liberal democracy are now routinely censoring users and content. Forums that once held great potential to hold governments accountable have allowed themselves to become the speech enforcement arm of the government. An industry that once promised to uplift the media landscape has entered.
It turns out that this kind of censorship and discrimination from Big Tech is not only bad for democracy – it’s also a bad business model.
A perfect example happened in late 2021 and early in the new year.
In late December, Twitter banned Dr Robert Malone, who had contributed to mRNA vaccine technology, for his criticisms of coronavirus vaccines. Malone then appeared on Joe Rogan’s widely popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience”. The platforms immediately censored the clips of that interview. However, during the conversation, Dr. Malone mentioned GETTR, a new social media platform that defends free speech, as an alternative to the Silicon Valley giants.
Just after the new year, Twitter permanently banned a current member of Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga), for her comments about COVID-19. Facebook temporarily suspended him the next day.
Following these events, Rogan announced on Sunday, January 2, that he had opened an account on GETTR, which saw an influx of new users. More than 171,000 people signed up on that day alone, which is more than a single day since the launch of GETTR on July 4, 2021. The next day, nearly double that number—over 341,000—signed up for GETTR. Even more joined on Tuesday, and from Sunday through Wednesday morning, more than 707,000 people had followed Rogan’s lead.
Rogan and GETTR are disruptors of the traditional news media and social media landscape – a welcome development no matter what the disruptors are doing.
Some online commentators are wondering whether the social media giant has finally found itself censored in a downward spiral.
We launched GETTR this summer as a direct response to an already radical change in the online marketplace, betting that users will choose a platform committed to protecting themselves and others’ free speech. GETTR has seen explosive growth in just a few months – it is now reaching 4 million users, a testament to its appeal in a rapidly changing social media marketplace.
The thirst for a social media forum that does not censor and discriminate is not unique to the United States either. GETTR is becoming a truly international platform, and it shows in our data.
Over half a million users have signed up in Brazil. One day in December, Germany became the leading country for new signups. France recently saw a 1,360 percent increase in new users in just one day. People in these different countries have one thing in common: there is a shared belief that free and uncensored exchange of information online is vital to a healthy democracy.
GETTR is designed to allow a wider range of expression than other social media platforms. Instead of being forced to abbreviate the conversation to 280 characters, users on GETTR can post messages using 777 characters. Users can post longer videos, with GETTR allowing three minutes at a time, while Twitter is limited to two minutes and 20 seconds, and can edit those videos within the platform itself (a feature Twitter does not provide). Is). Our livestream capabilities are receiving good reviews in the beta stage, and users can stream live from within GETTR itself, rather than relying on another app.
And those features are just the beginning. Later this year, we will introduce even more exciting and innovative features that make GETTR truly unique.
Just as we believe in a healthy exchange of ideas, we also believe in a healthy competitive marketplace. Users are learning they have other options to listen and be heard, and the results are speaking for themselves. Every time a new social media platform enters the arena, there is a significant increase in signups on GETTR. Our continuous development is an indicator that our product is the best.
With that said, though, we don’t see GETTR as just another competitor in the industry.
GETTR is a direct challenge to the monopoly on online political thought that the Big Tech titans on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube believe they own. GETTR is an interrupt, if you will.
These companies consistently censor, flag, demonetize or outright ban conservative ideas – and sometimes facts that go against the pre-approved beliefs of the left-leaning establishment.
Millions of social media users on both sides of the aisle want more freedom online, yet it is becoming clear that Big Tech is not listening. We are, which is why the disruptions of social media ended 2021 in an incredibly strong position and started 2022 even stronger.
Jason Miller during both the 2016 and 2020 campaigns was President Donald J. He was a senior adviser to Trump and is the chief executive officer of the social media platform GETTR.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author.