Team Trump quietly launches new social media platform

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Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller heads the platform, he confirmed via text message. Former Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh is involved as a consultant on the app.

Trump’s involvement in the project is unclear, as is whether or not he will create an account on GETTR and use it.

“The former president is going to make his own decision, it’s definitely there and ready for him if he makes the decision – we would welcome that. There is an account reserved for him and waiting for him but it is a decision he must make, ”said a person involved in the application.

The former president has sought other ways to engage with his online base after being kicked from Twitter and suspended from Facebook. And his previous efforts to engage online – via starting a professional blog – came to an end quickly amid widespread ridicule and poor readership. This new company may also raise privacy questions, especially if it collects information about its users’ Twitter followers.

GETTR is one of the most prominent projects in a larger ecosystem of pro-MAGA tech and social media platforms that have flourished on the right, largely fueled by the sense that Big Tech is trying to silence conservative ideology and pro-Trump to be broadcast online. In recent months, it was widely reported that Team Trump was looking for a platform on which to reestablish their online presence, either by buying a business and rebranding it as its exclusive platform, or by becoming a raffle.

The GETTR app first went live on the Google and Apple app stores in mid-June and was recently updated on Wednesday. It has been downloaded over a thousand times on each one.

A description of GETTR on the app stores calls it an “unbiased social network for people around the world.” The app is rated “M” for mature, which means it is recommended for users 17 and older.

The name GETTR was inspired by the words “Getting Together”. The messages will be 777 characters long, the app will host videos up to three minutes long, and will also be able to host live broadcasts, the person working on the app said. The app’s headquarters are located in New York.

GETTR’s user interface looks similar to Twitter’s. Initial promotional material for GETTR on app stores featured messages from users celebrating the House of Representatives no longer requiring masks on the chamber floor.

The first trending topics on the app included the hashtags “#trump”, “#virusorigin”, “#nra” and “#unrestrictedbioweapon”. These labels refer to the new and yet unproven refrain from Republicans that China created the Covid-19 virus in a lab as a biological weapon.

But the similarities to Twitter don’t end there. The GETTR app also claims to offer new users the ability to “import copies of your content from Twitter to GETTR”. And evidence at the site indicates that the new platform also allows users to import their actual Twitter followers – who end up with their own GETTR accounts in a way.

For example, Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania had more than 175,000 subscribers on GETTR as of Thursday afternoon, although he did not join the platform until Thursday. Its number of subscribers on GETTR is identical to its number of subscribers on Twitter.

The same goes for Murtaugh, Trump’s former director of communications in 2020, who had amassed more than 220,000 followers on GETTR and Twitter as of Thursday afternoon.

“The tweets are up to the point where you join, it won’t suck them up all the time. The idea is that we want people to switch from Twitter to Gettr,” said the person involved in the app. The person added that the app was not harvesting users’ current Twitter followers for the app, and again noted that it was in beta.

Twitter spokespersons declined to say whether GETTR violated any of its policies by allowing users to extract data from its site. A GETTR representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The success of GETTR is uncertain at best. Their latest attempt to replicate their Twitter feed, a site called “From The Desk of Donald Trump,” was widely ridiculed as being nothing more than a blog, barely received web traffic, and closed less. a month later.


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