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Trump’s former top aide launches GETTR, a new conservative social media platform

  • A former Trump aide has started a new conservative social media platform, GETTR. 
  • GETTR’s format is similar to Twitter’s, with trending topics and resharing posts. 
  • Trump was booted from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He shut down his blog over low readership. 

Former President Donald Trump’s top aide Jason Miller has launched a new social media platform, GETTR. 

Miller recently left his post as Trump’s spokesman to launch GETTR, Politico reported on Thursday. He was replaced by former Republican National Committee press secretary Liz Harrington. 

Trump has explored various ways to get back on social media after being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Trump is permanently suspended from Twitter, and will be suspended from Facebook and Instagram for the next two years. 

Most recently, Trump shuttered his blog “From the Desk of Donald Trump,” reportedly due to low readership rates and mockery over the site’s low traffic and engagement. 

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GETTR very strongly resembles Twitter in format, with trending topics, verified users, and the ability to reshare and like posts. 

Buzzfeed News reported in February that Trump’s team was in talks for the former president to exclusively join Parler, another conservative platform that tried to mimic Twitter, in exchange for a 40% stake in the company, a deal that never came to fruition. 

An excerpt of Michael Wolff’s upcoming book “Landslide” also reported that a condition of the deal would have been for Parler to ban any users who spoke poorly about the former president. This, despite Trump’s complaints about social media platforms censoring users over their social media beliefs. 

Parler was temporarily taken offline after being dropped by its domain provider, Amazon Web Services, and removed from the Apple and Google app stores following the January 6 riot. 

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