Trump announces launch of media company and social media site


NEW YORK (AP) – Nine months after being kicked from social media for his role in inciting the Jan.6 insurgency, former President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was launching a new media company with its own social media platform.

Trump says his goal in launching the Trump Media & Technology Group and its “TRUTH Social” app is to create a rival to the big tech companies that shut him out and denied him the megaphone that was paramount to his national rise.

“We live in a world where the Taliban are very present on Twitter, but your favorite US president has been silenced,” he said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”

In a statement, the new company said it was formed through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp. and stated that it is looking to become a publicly traded company.

Trump has been talking about launching his own social media site since he was kicked out of Twitter and Facebook. An earlier effort to start a blog on its existing website was scrapped after the page attracted dismal views.

In addition to the app, which is expected to launch smoothly next month, with a nationwide rollout early next year, the company has announced that it is planning a video-on-demand service that will offer entertainment programs, news and podcasts.

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