President Trump will not be excommunicated from social media for much longer. An adviser to the 45th president said Trump’s return to social media is imminent and a plan to develop his own social media platform could be in the works.
“I can guarantee that we will see President Trump reemerge on social media soon,” senior adviser Jason Miller said on Saturday. “Whether he joins an existing platform or creates his own, there are a number of different options we’ve been exploring on that front.”
Trump’s use of social media set him apart from any public official in history. His ability to leverage popularity on different platforms to tap into the heart of America, and win the presidency in 2016, was yet unheard of by any political hopeful at the time. Trump utilized his social media presence to announce policy directives and keep his political opponents in check.
However, in the waning days of his first term everything changed. Big tech giants Facebook and Twitter baselessly removed Trump from their platforms after a mob of protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol. Social Media CEOs immediately blamed and condemned Trump, claiming his speech denying the results of the 2020 election was the root cause.
Miller teased it was only a matter of time before Trump returned to social media, but never confirmed whether it would be on his own platform or not.
“All options are on the table,” Trump’s top advisor said. Stay tuned because you know he’s going to be back.”
Miller’s comments come after Facebook revealed they have no plans to reinstate Trump’s profile and Twitter reiterated their permanent ban of Trump from their platform.
Explaining his decision to permanently ban Trump, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had this to say, “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter. I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.”
Big Tech boogeyman Parler, the conservative-friendly social media platform, has been floated as an option for Trump’s return. However, Parler’s recent and on-going battles with the Big Tech giants make this less appealing for the former president.
Trump is no stranger to conflict with the Big Tech overlords. He is often very vocal about his concern, claiming they alone are attempting to control the political debate in America.
“The tech companies are very dishonest about about free speech. If they aren’t careful, this could become a big problem for them.” Trump said recently.