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Donald Trump has launched a new platform that will allow him to communicate directly with fans following his ban from Twitter and other social media sites.
The former president’s new site, donaldjtrump.com/desk, launched with a promotional video declaring itself a “beacon of freedom” and “a place to speak freely and safely” after Mr. Trump’s purge by Twitter.
The site contains recent statements from Mr. Trump, 74, who was banned from his favorite social media platform for inciting violence after the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
It also has a subscription list for people who want to receive alerts when they publish a new post.
However, the new platform doesn’t appear to have a feature for users to reply to or interact with any of its posts.
“This is only a one-way communication,” a source familiar with the space told Fox News. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his supporters.”
The website says it’s run by Campaign Nucleus, a digital company founded by Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager.
The former president often denounces “Big Tech” and threatened to sue Facebook and Google for being “totally biased” and trying to rig the 2020 election – two unfounded claims.
He intervened on the eve of a decision by Facebook’s independent supervisory board on whether to reinstate the former president.
The decision scheduled for publication at 1:00 p.m. GMT on Wednesday is likely to be a defining moment for the main social network’s so-called “supreme court”, envisioned by company founder Mark Zuckerberg to make thorny decisions on what you have to allow or delete from Facebook.
The supervisory board, which makes decisions binding on Facebook and without appeal, will decide whether to leave Trump’s ban in place or allow him to return to the platform. He can also make related recommendations to the California-based social giant.
“This is a huge decision, it is getting a lot of attention and rightly so,” said Daniel Kreiss, professor and researcher at the University of North Carolina specializing in politics and social media.
“This is important for the global precedent that it will set. If they stand by the decision, I think you will see a more robust application in the world.”
The oversight committee, made up of lawyers, political experts, journalists and others from around the world, will perhaps make its most important decision at a time when social platforms struggle to stay open to political discourse. while filtering out incitement to violence, disinformation and abusive comments.
Mr Trump was suspended from Facebook after posting a video during the murderous rampage on Capitol Hill by his supporters in which he said, “We love you, you are very special.”
The American leader was permanently banned by Facebook the next day, and he was kicked out of other platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.
Regardless of Facebook’s decision on Wednesday, a Twitter spokesperson said Mr. Trump was permanently suspended from his tweets.