Former President Donald Trump released a statement explaining how his new social media platform Truth Social is positioned to challenge Big Tech’s dominance, declaring it’s about “saving our country.”
Trump’s spokesperson Liz Harrington shared the statement Monday, which describes the role the newly-formed Trump Media & Technology Group will play in fighting against Big Tech censorship and restoring the free flow of ideas online.
“Last week, I announced the creation of a major new company that will challenge the dominance of the Big Tech giants and Big Media bosses,” Trump said. “Today I want to explain more about what I am doing and why. For me, this endeavor is about much more than politics. This is about saving our country.”
“America has always been a nation of smart, spirited, and independent people who take pride in thinking for themselves. We admire those who aren’t afraid to speak their minds, or go against the tide. Yet suddenly, we find ourselves being censored and dictated to by a small group of self-righteous scolds and self-appointed arbiters of what everyone else is allowed to think, say, share, and do.”
Trump went on to elaborate on the dangerous censorship waged by the Big Tech overlords, including removing him completely from social media while he was president.
“The corruption of these platforms cannot be ignored,” Trump said. “We have fallen far down the ‘slippery slope’ of censorship in our country, and the topics that Americans are increasingly forbidden to debate are among the most important issues of our day.”
“This wildly aggressive censorship and ‘cancel-culture’ is not only un-American—it has direct, real-world consequences. Most obvious are the many catastrophes unfolding under the current administration: the calamitous Afghanistan withdrawal, the disaster at the Southern Border, runaway inflation, and the multi-trillion-dollar socialist spending nightmare, just to name a few. In a country that had free speech and a free flow of information, none of this would ever have happened—and no one understands that better than the people doing the censoring.”
Trump noted how the pervasive censorship has actually led to a crisis of confidence in America’s institutions and even among neighbors, and that Truth Social will seek to restore and preserve the First Amendment online as an inclusive and open platform.
“The more I looked into this problem, the more I realized that to restore free speech, a major new platform would have to enter the market, with an ironclad commitment to protecting vigorous debate from all sides,” Trump said. “But since it is both hard and expensive to build a new platform totally independent of Big Tech’s infrastructure, it would have to be an extremely well-funded, multi-year undertaking. In addition, such a platform would need the ability to rapidly attract millions of users, welcoming not only Republicans to join, but Independents and Democrats as well.”
“It’s a tremendously difficult set of challenges—and I realized I might be the only person in America with the megaphone, the resources, the experience, and the desire to make it all happen.”
“To take on Big Tech censorship, we are creating a ‘Big Tent’ platform: Truth Social. We are inviting people of all political stripes, and all different viewpoints, to come and participate once again in the great American debate. That’s what our country is supposed to be about. Unlike with the Big Tech platforms, there will be no shadow-banning, throttling, demonetizing, or messing with algorithms for political manipulation. We will not be treating users like lab rats for social experiments, or labeling alternative views as ‘disinformation.’ We will not silence our fellow citizens simply because they might be wrong—or worse, because we think that Americans ‘can’t handle the truth.’”
Trump also announced the launch of a new on-demand video streaming platform that will compete with the “woke and politicized” entertainment services like Netflix and HBO.
“It will be as free, vibrant, lively, and diverse as America itself. And Truth Social is only the beginning of our plans. The Trump Media and Technology Group will also be launching an on-demand video streaming service that competes with the increasingly ‘woke’ and politicized ‘entertainment’ programming created by Big Tech and Big Media players. TMTG also sees opportunities to create ‘cancel-proof’ alternatives in other key areas ranging from web services to payment processing.”
“In the end, a small number of powerful people who all think the same and wish to silence anyone who thinks differently cannot be trusted to control almost every major media, technology, and entertainment company in America.”
“I am determined to break their chokehold over the voices of the American People—not just for myself and my own supporters, but for the United States of America!” he concluded.
Truth Social is is expected to have a beta launch next month, followed by a full launch in 2022.