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Pranksters have already defaced Trump's new social network, which is still under construction

In a statement released Wednesday night, former President Donald Trump and his team stated that they would soon establish a "media powerhouse" to assist them in their long-running battle with Big Technology. Soon afterward, pranksters discovered what appeared to be an unreleased test version and used it to post a photo of an obnoxious pig to the "donaldjtrump" Twitter account. Donald Trump has since deleted the photo.

Although the site, dubbed Truth Social, has since been taken down, it serves as a reminder that Trump will face significant challenges in establishing a self-sustaining Internet business.


The president-elect has been campaigning for months to reclaim the online megaphone that once broadcasted his message to people all over the world, following the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol. According to a presentation released on Wednesday, Trump's new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group, touted the new social network as the first tentpole of a Trump-led media, news, and Internet empire that would one day compete with CNN, Disney, and Facebook.


Although the site appeared to be secure, early inspection revealed lax security, recycled features, and an array of bizarre design choices. After the site was revealed, an open sign-up page allowed anyone to use it, prompting the creation of a "donaljtrump" account and the posting of a pig on the site shortly after. Without encountering any difficulties, a reporter for the Washington Post was able to register and post under the username "mikepence" without any difficulty. A short time later, the ability to sign up for new accounts was disabled.


There was no immediate response from a representative for Trump Media & Technology Group when requests for comment were made.


There are many similarities between the site and Twitter, including the ability to post Truths, which function in a similar way to tweets, and Re-Truths, which function in a similar way to retweets. According to the social network's App Store profile, there is also a news feed known as the Truth Feed, as well as a notification system that allows users to see who interacts with their Truths, among other features.


In accordance with the site's code, it is powered by a mostly unmodified version of Mastodon, the open-source software released in 2016 that allows anyone to create their own social networking site.


According to Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko, Trump's website may be in violation of Mastodon's licensing rules, which require developers to share any modifications they make as well as a link to the original source code of the application. Rochko stated that he has spoken with the legal counsel for the company.


Because users can host the software on their own servers, Mastodon would be powerless to shut down the site in the event of a violation, according to Rochko. However, he continued, "while this independence is one of the platform's selling points, it does not imply independence from the law, and therefore avenues for action through legal proceedings continue to exist."




As he promised, Trump's social media platform will serve as a "politically incorrect safe space."


While appearing on Fox News on Wednesday night, Donald Trump Jr. promoted the social network, stating that the site will go through a process known as beta testing before launching in its entirety in the first quarter of next year.


In comparison to Trump's caustic, attack-filled tone on social media during his tenure as president, the social network's launch bears little resemblance to that of his successor. "Truth Social" will be a place for families with "diverse perspectives" to "come together to have an amazing time and share their worldviews," according the site's description in the Apple App Store.


In a statement, the company stated that the site will include all of the standard features that have been expected of social networks for nearly a decade, such as the ability to create a profile and share news stories, photos, and videos with others.


The terms of service for the website, on the other hand, contain provisions that would place restrictions on Trump personally. For example, "excessive use of capital letters" — a defining characteristic of Trump's online rants — will be prohibited on the site.


Despite the fact that Trump's website portrays itself as a haven for uncensored free speech, the terms of service state that content that "discredits, tarnish[s] or otherwise harms, in our opinion, us and/or the Site" will be barred.


They also demonstrate that the site intends to take advantage of a provision of the Communications Decency Act that Trump has long criticized: Section 230, which exempts companies from legal liability for the content that their users post on their websites or applications.


As a result of the failure of Congress to repeal the long-standing law, which Trump believes should be "completely terminated," Trump threatened to veto a large and unrelated military spending bill last year.


A piece of legislation as insignificant as Section 230 that defined how the Internet operates was enacted in 1996.


Specifically, the site's terms of service state that the company is "not responsible for any Third-Party Content posted on, accessible through, or installed from the Site, including [its] content [and] accuracy [as well as [its] offensiveness, opinions, or dependability.


The Section 230 ruling has long been cited by President Donald Trump as evidence of social media companies' anti-conservative bias, particularly after his attempts to mislead the public about election fraud were flagged as misleading.


Additionally, the company stated that it reserves the right to "deny, restrict access to, restrict the availability of, or disable" a user's access or contributions if it believes that they are inappropriate. Other technology companies have been chastised by Trump for denying him access to their platforms on the basis of the same legal right.


Truth Social's listing on the App Store includes mostly harmless examples of posts that users might want to share, such as "What is your favorite place in the world?" and "What is your favorite place in the world?" "You won't believe how beautiful Jamaica is," says the author.


But it also contains company logos, as well as an entire fake post purportedly from Chevrolet, in which the automaker announced that it was "moving to electric power." In an email to The Washington Post on Thursday morning, a representative for General Motors, which owns Chevrolet, stated that the company has "no affiliation with this platform."


It was reported that the company trademarked "Truth Social" in July, with the latter trademark expected to eventually cover television shows, movies, podcasts, and "online video games." According to trademark filing records, the company also filed trademark applications for the terms "truth," "post a truth," and "retruth."


Trump, enraged by the blog's pitiful readership, decides to shut down his website after 29 days.


Trump's company's presentation demonstrates that he continues to benefit from the fame and following he has built up over the years on social media platforms like Twitter. One hundred and ninety thousand accounts were followed by Trump at his peak, according to three of the roughly twenty slides, which argue that the former president can still help galvanize the "conservative media universe."


It took only 29 days for Trump to abandon his summer campaign for online popularity, which included the launch of a blog titled "From the Desk of Donald Trump" and the designation of "beacon of liberty." According to Trump advisers, the president was enraged by reports from The Washington Post and other media outlets that highlighted the newspaper's shambolic traffic statistics.


Trump's attorneys filed a request with a federal court earlier this month, claiming that Twitter possessed "unfathomable power and control over political discourse in this country, unprecedented in history, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate." The company was ordered to reinstate Trump's account.


As part of the announcement for Truth Social, Trump's team stated that the site would be owned by Trump Media & Technology Group, which is an ambiguously defined company with its headquarters at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.


Trump has filed a lawsuit in federal court to compel Twitter to reinstate his account.


Announcing a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp., one of numerous "blank-check" companies used for financial maneuvering, the company also announced that it would go public and that it would become a publicly traded company. In a statement, the company's value was estimated to be $875 million, though the method by which this figure was calculated was not disclosed.


"The American public is seeking 'non-woke' entertainment, and TMTG+ will provide content for everyone to enjoy," the company stated in announcing plans to launch a video streaming service that would include news, sports, entertainment, and documentaries.


The company stated that it would compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, but did not provide any additional information about the service. But one of the slides featured an old photograph of Trump handing over an enormous trophy to a sumo wrestler in the 1980s.


Gettr, Gab, and Parler are just a few of the conservative-leaning social media platforms that have attempted to attract pro-Trump users. The site is expected to undercut these platforms.


In a statement released on Wednesday, Gettr, led by former Trump senior adviser Jason Miller, congratulated Trump for "re-entering the social media fray." It was revealed in a statement that Miller's company had attempted to establish an official partnership with Trump but had "failed to reach agreement on a deal" with the "great deal-maker."


It was also revealed in Gettr's statement that the company has grand plans for other media properties, such as a short-video network known as "GVision" and a Gettr payment system. However, the company's stripped-down social media site has been plagued by problems, including a launch that was marred by terrorist propaganda and cartoon pornography, among other things. According to the statement, "Please allow for downloads to begin!"

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