As promised, former President Trump launched a new website that will allow his supporters to read his entertainingly blunt, real-time commentary on people and events (on Mitt Romney being booed at the Utah GOP convention: “a stone cold loser.”) The site at https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk allows him to bypass Twitter and Facebook, which banned him (another rich topic we’ve discussed before and will again.)
Supporters can sign up to receive notifications of new posts from Trump, but as yet, there’s no way to comment or leave posts of your own, so it’s not a new social media platform like Parler. However, Trump’s people say this is just the first step in his plans to create a free and open social media environment. In the meantime, you can “like” his posts, and better yet, share them to your Facebook and Twitter pages with a single click.
I can only imagine how fast they’re scrambling at Facebook and Twitter to figure out how they’re going to block all the millions of shared Trump posts. I’m sure they’ll try, but each one they block will just remind the person who posted it of how (illegally?) hostile they are to free speech, and create more demand for a Trump-created alternative. Don’t think for a minute that he didn’t consider that when they created the “share” buttons.
In a related story, Facebook’s Oversight Board announced Wednesday that the site's ban on Trump will remain because he “encouraged and legitimized violence.”
As noted at the link, Facebook’s Oversight Board is a group of people who get paid by Facebook and whose opinion on what speech should be allowed has no bearing on what the law requires of social media platforms. Also worth noting is that Trump never called for violence, but we now know that most of the planning of the January 6th violence at the Capitol was carried out on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram and not on Parler, which was blamed for it and got a death sentence when Amazon yanked its web service.
Bottom line: if I want truth or justice, I’m certainly not going to look for it on Facebook.