Donald Trump hinted that he could create his own social network after Facebook and Twitter kicked him out, and now it looks like those blueprints are starting to solidify. According to Deadline, Said Trump’s assistant Jason Miller Fox news that the former president would launch his own social media service in “two to three months.” Miller was not specific on what the platform would entail, but insisted it would “redefine the game” and attract tens of millions of people.
If the service goes ahead as claimed, it might appeal to conservatives who believe traditional social media is biased against right-wing ideologies. Alternatives like Parler and Me We claim to have taken advantage of a influx of new users because some conservative supporters seek platforms with little or no moderation.
Whether or not Trump can get the infrastructure he needs is another story. Deadline noted that Shopify and Stripe abandoned business with Trump in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot, and major cloud providers like Amazon or Microsoft may be reluctant to provide support given accusations that Trump has spurred violence on Capitol Hill. Trump may have to rely on smaller or foreign tech partners, and there is no guarantee that these can scale to the volumes the ex-president thinks he gets.
Trump may have undermined his own efforts. The old leader pushed for limitations on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (which protects internet companies from liability for user content) in retaliation for Twitter’s fact-checking etiquette, and a variation on this call for reform persisted ever since the Democrats took control of the Presidency and both sides of Congress. If users were to promote damaging lies or violence, a limited Section 230 could allow victims to sue the site or question its future.