After Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other social media companies banned Donald Trump from their platforms, speculation began that the former president would return with his own answer to the leftist tech oligarchs.
On Saturday, Trump confidant Jason Miller told Breitbart that Trump is indeed considering either launching his own social media platform as a competitor to Silicon Valley tech giants or throwing his weight behind an existing independent platform.
“I would expect that we will see the president reemerge on social media,” Miller said during an interview with Breitbart News Saturday. “Whether that’s joining an existing platform or creating his new platform, there are a number of different options and a number of different meetings that they’ve been having on that front. Nothing is imminent on that.”
“All options are on the table,” Miller said in response to a question about whether Trump will forge his own path or join an already-established alternative social media company.
“A number of things are being discussed. Stay tuned there because you know he’s going to be back on social media. We’re just kind of figuring out which avenue makes the most sense,” Miller explained.
Trump himself has remained remarkably quiet following Joe Biden’s inauguration, causing speculation to run even more rampant. Though he’s revealed few specifics, Trump made it clear in the aftermath of the November election that he’s not planning on retiring from the spotlight. It’s just a matter of time before he makes his move.
Even before being banned by Twitter while still President, Donald Trump was on the warpath against censorious social media platforms that used their power to control the public conversation.
Trump himself told Breitbart in August that he believes companies like Twitter and Facebook are “100 percent” trying to control the flow of information — a fact that became more and more apparent as the election drew closer.
“The tech companies are very dishonest about that and about free speech,” Trump told Breitbart at the time. “It could be a big problem for them at the appropriate time.”
Despite years of warnings about the undue power given to social media giants, Republican legislators failed to use their power in Washington over the last four years to crack down on big tech’s abuses of Section 230 to the Communications Decency Act, which gives social media platforms protection from liability for content published on their platforms.