Jason Miller, a former adviser to former Republican President Donald Trump, has said that Trump could get an account on Miller’s “free speech” social network Getr if Trump’s own social network, Truth Social, doesn’t launch soon.
Miller said Trump could join Getr if Trump’s social network isn’t operational by the time Trump decides whether he will run for the 2024 presidential election. Trump has indicated he is likely to run. Trump’s social network is set to launch on February 22, President’s Day.
“If their platform takes longer to develop, I wouldn’t completely rule them out at Getr,” said Miller. the new Yorker, “And, even when he does launch his, I don’t rule out that he also creates a Getr account.”
Miller also said he had offered Trump a monetary amount “with full zeros, apparently in the range of nine digits,” to join Getr, but Trump declined.
Miller launched Getr on July 4, 2021, less than a year after Twitter suspended Trump for inciting the January 6, 2021 riots on the US Capitol.
Shortly after its launch, hackers flocked to Getr and publicly released information about about 90,000 of its users, including usernames and email addresses. An August study from the Stanford Internet Observatory noted that Getr also lacked protocols to prevent users from publishing sensitive and illegal content, such as child pornography.
Getr’s website declared that it is “based on the principles of free speech, free thought, and rejecting political censorship and ‘cancelling culture’.”
Despite its claims to independence, Getr has its issues with censorship. The site banned white nationalist figure Nick Fuentes from its platform and also blocked the word “grouper”, a term for a white nationalist provocateur.
While other so-called “free speech” sites such as Getr and Parlor have tried to court right-wingers, they are largely considered “echo chambers” for right-wing ideology. They lack the political and ideological diversity of Twitter, conservative podcaster and author Matt Walsh once noted.
Both Getr and Parlor have Twitter accounts. There is no Twitter account on Gettr or Parler.
Getr and parlor have also failed to get Trump to open an account. Trump is still fighting against his ban from Twitter in the courts. Will hear arguments in US District Court in San Francisco trump vs twitter on 23 February.
Trump’s social media site has got off to a bang of its own accord. The beta version of the site was hacked within hours of being publicly announced. Hackers quickly created accounts for “micpens” and “DonaldJTrump”, which included an image of a pooping pig on Trump’s profile.
The site was also at risk of revoking its software license for not making its source code public. Truth Social claimed that “all” of its source code is its “proprietary property”, but the site apparently used Mastodon code. Mastodon, a social network, allows people to use its code to build an online platform, as long as they keep the code publicly accessible. However, Truth Social has not complied with that requirement.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched an investigation into Digital World Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company that seeks to take Truth Social and its related ventures public. Trump may have violated SEC rules by meeting with DWAC executive Patrick Orlando before the company raised funds.
Orlando is also listed as the CEO of China Yunhong Holdings Limited, a Chinese company. It left Trump supporters wondering whether their social network would have links to China, a country Trump has vocally targeted in a trade war and blamed for the COVID-19 outbreak during his presidency. .
While Trump said he created Truth Social to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech,” his site encourages users to use excessive capital letters and do anything that “insults, stigmatizes, or otherwise harms, in our opinion, us and/or the site.”