Why tweet it when you can dig it?
President Trump said Friday that he is considering other social media platforms and may even create his own after being banned from Twitter after the Capitol riot in the United States on Wednesday.
He has also been blocked from posting on Facebook and Instagram – at least until the end of his term.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning freedom of speech, and tonight Twitter staff coordinated with Democrats and the radical left in removing my account from their platform to silence me – and YOU, 75 000,000 great patriots who voted for me, “tweeted the president from the @Potus account instead of his personal @ReadDonaldTrump ̵
“Twitter may be a private company,” the president continued, “but without the government’s gift of section 230, they would not have lasted long.”
The president went on to predict that his words would be censored. Conservatives have long complained that social media sites like Twitter are biased against them in favor of liberals.
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“We have negotiated with various other sites and will soon have a big announcement, while in the near future we are considering the possibility of building our own platform. We will not be silent!”
He eventually accused Twitter of working against freedom of speech and instead “promoted a radical left-wing platform where some of the world’s most vicious people have the right to speak freely.”
“BE TUNI!” He added.
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Twitter quickly removed the tweets from the @Potus account, citing its policy on banned users who try to bypass it through other accounts.
Gab, an alternative to Twitter that launched a few years ago and is called “a social network that protects freedom of speech, individual freedom and the new free flow of information online,” is rapidly taking advantage of the moment.
Gab founder and CEO Andrew Torba, a Trump supporter, wrote on the platform that the site had registered record traffic after the president’s ban on social media.
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“More servers are spinning as we speak,” Torba wrote on Friday. “Record traffic. Remember: we own our server hardware, it’s not as easy as pressing a button on a cloud hosting provider, but we can’t be banned by servers we own! Please be patient. God is in control.”
Back on Twitter, MySpace – the social media site that was popular in the early 2000s – began to evolve.
Even MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, who left the company a few years ago, tweeted a meme joking “@MYSPACETOM TO GET A NEW FRIEND.”
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Google also announced on Friday that it would suspend the list of social media platform Parler from its Play Store due to the inability to moderate “delightful content” posted by users associated with the Capitol riot. Parler has become a popular Twitter alternative for many conservatives.
Apple is reportedly considering such an action.
Michael Ruiz and Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.