Donald Trump’s new social media platform Truth Social is planning a phased rollout this week and is expected to be “fully operational” by the end of March, likely bringing the former president more exposure than a year after he was ousted media.
“We’re starting to roll it out to people on the Apple Store this week,” said Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the parent company of the new app. The former Republican congressman spoke with conservative Fox News on Sunday.
“I think we will be fully operational by the end of March, at least in the US,” added Nunes, who resigned from the US House to lead the Trump group.
Trump described Truth Social as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which was banned after its supporters attacked the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The former president has been accused of inciting his followers to violence in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.
On Sunday, App Store visitors can pre-order Truth Social starting Monday, the US presidential holiday.
“We want (customers) to tell us what they want on the platform, which is the opposite of a Silicon Valley tech oligarch telling people what they want to think and deciding who can be on the platform and not.” He said.
Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, also plan to put 10,000 NFT or non-tradable tokens up for sale on Monday, illustrating key moments in the Trump presidency. NFTs are certified digital images that can be bought and sold.
“The truth is coming…” Tweet Representative Elise Stefanik, third in the House, on Friday, referring to the sinister slogan of the TV series “Game of Thrones” (“Winter is coming”).
He posted a screenshot of his post on Truth Beta, the trial version of the new site, saying, “I’m so excited to be on Truth!”
And Donald Trump Jr. celebrated on Twitter, posting: “Time for some truth!!!” and including what he said was his father’s first Truth Social post, “Get ready! Your favorite president will see us soon!”
Trump, who is 75, alluded to this but never said for sure if he would run for president again.
He is currently under the shadow of several investigations and lawsuits, including over his tax returns and attempts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election.