29 October 2021
Those suffering withdrawal symptoms from the absence of the former US president Trump's tweets can now look forward to another round from his newly announced platform, Truth Social.
Truth Social will have a limited launch on Apple's App Store in November 2021, and a full public launch in 2022. In addition, Truth Social is also planning a video-on-demand service that will feature entertainment programming, news and podcasts.
This will be YUUUGE, according to preliminary hype, and also because according to the Washington Post, "conservative voices do well on traditional social media." WaPo also noted that half of Facebook's currently top performing link posts are from conservative media, commentators or politicians.
You may remember that the former president was permanently banned from Twitter and all other major social networks after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January this year. Simply, the grounds for banning Trump from the social media networks were that he'd be a risk for "further incitement of violence."
The idea of a silenced, or muted, Donald Trump is obviously an oxymoron, and it was only a matter of time before Trump has been able to figure out how to turn up the volume again for the 70 million Americans who voted for him.
But there will also be some advantages for the rest of us, too.
The main one is that now, disinformation and fake news should largely gravitate to this one site, instead of being more dangerously mixed in with more legitimate news sources. This is not an insignificant development, as the Washington Post's Factchecker records that Trump's false or misleading claims numbered the extraordinary total of 30,573 during the four years of his presidency.
That averages out at approximately '21 erroneous claims per day'. Even for a politician, this is a record not likely to be challenged by anyone other than the most bloated narcissist, or even, the former president himself, trying to make a comeback.
The chief WaPo checker offers this commentary: