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Nine months after he was banned from social media, former US President Donald Trump has announced he's launching his own media company with a social media platform called Truth Social.
Trump was banned from social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — for his role in inciting riots in the Capitol on January 6, with fears his presence on social media could spur further violence.
"I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all," Trump said in a press release.
Trump named chairman
According to a press release on Wednesday, the new company Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and Digital World Acquisition Corp merged and is looking to become a publicly listed company, with the former president as their chairman.
He also spoke of his desire to "fight against" big tech companies.
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in the press release.
“I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.
This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I'm excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech.
"Everyone asks me why doesn’t someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will be soon!”
Claims social media platforms 'silence' voices
The website's vision states that in 2021 the "media pendulum has swung dangerously far to the left" claiming content is being censored.
"Silicon Valley, the mainstream media, and Big Tech have begun to forcibly silence voices that do not align with their woke ideology," it reads.
"By controlling how information is shared, they control the narrative. They control the future. They control you."
"TMTG intends to even the playing field by providing people with open media platforms where they can share and create content without fear of reputational ruin."
YouTube said its ban would be lifted after the "risk of violence" decreases. Facebook gave Trump a two-year ban, Reddit banned the subreddit group r/DonaldTrump, and Twitter said the former president would be permanently barred from using the platform.
The app is expected to soft-launch next month, with a nationwide rollout early next year.
According to the press release, TMTG intends to launch a subscription video on-demand service which will feature 'non-woke' entertainment programming, news and podcasts.
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