Former President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube over the last year which resulted in him losing his connection to many Americans. Trump launched his own communications platform on Tuesday.
“The platform, ‘From the Desk of Donald J. Trump’ appears on www.DonaldJTrump.com/desk,” wrote Fox News. The platform that will allow him to exclusively share messages with his millions of followers.
Visitors to “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” will be able to share Trump’s posts on all various social platforms. A video introduction has been posted on the site to show that this will be a “place to speak freely and safely” while pledging to “Save America.”
“The space allows Trump to post, and allows followers to share the former president’s posts to Twitter and Facebook, however, the new platform does not have a feature to allow users to ‘reply’ or engage with Trump’s posts,” added Fox News.
Trump’s decision to keep the platform a one-way system of communication ultimately frees him and his staff the burden of regulating comments. User-generated comments that violate the rules of other, third-party platforms could enable those platforms to block his posts.
Trump strongly hinted he would run in 2024 during an interview with Candace Owens.
“The answer is I’m absolutely enthused. I look forward to doing an announcement at the right time,” Trump said. “As you know, it’s very early, but I think people are going to be very, very happy … when I make a certain announcement.”
“For campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing,” he clarified. “Otherwise I’d give you an answer that I think you’d be very happy with,” he added.
“So we are looking at that very, very seriously. And uh, all I’ll say is stay tuned!” he concluded.
The president’s new communication platform comes as Facebook’s “Oversight Board” considers whether or not his ban on the platform will be permanent.
“The Board will announce its decision on the case concerning former US President Trump’s indefinite suspension from Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks. We extended the public comments deadline for this case, receiving 9,000+ responses,” the board announced on Twitter. “The Board’s commitment to carefully reviewing all comments has extended the case timeline, in line with the Board’s bylaws. We will share more information soon.”