Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on Might 18, 2021 in New York Metropolis.
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Former President Donald Trump‘s weblog — a webpage the place he shared statements after bigger social media firms banned him from their platforms — has been completely shut down, his spokesman mentioned Wednesday.
The web page, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” has been scrubbed from Trump’s web site after going dwell lower than a month earlier.
It “won’t be returning,” his senior aide Jason Miller instructed CNBC.
“It was simply auxiliary to the broader efforts we now have and are engaged on,” Miller mentioned in e-mail correspondence.
He declined to offer extra particulars about these efforts.
“Hoping to have extra info on the broader efforts quickly, however I wouldn’t have a exact consciousness of timing,” Miller mentioned.
Fb and Twitter each banned Trump from posting on their platforms after Jan. 6, when a mob of the then-president’s supporters violently invaded the U.S. Capitol, forcing a joint session of Congress into hiding. Trump, who by no means conceded to President Joe Biden, repeatedly and falsely claimed on social media after the Nov. 3 election that the race had been stolen from him by widespread fraud.
US President Donald Trump makes use of his cellphone as he holds a roundtable dialogue with Governors in regards to the financial reopening of closures attributable to COVID-19, referred to as coronavirus, within the State Eating Room of the White Home in Washington, DC, June 18, 2020.
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Trump and his allies have lengthy accused social media giants of being tainted by political bias and liable to censoring conservatives. The previous president has teased the rollout of another platform.
However the weblog, unveiled final month and initially billed as a brand new “communications platform,” appeared ill-equipped to tackle largest social media firms.
Miller clarified on the time — on Twitter — that the “Desk” web page was “a fantastic useful resource” to seek out Trump’s statements, “however this isn’t a brand new social media platform.”
On the time of his de-platforming in January, Trump boasted tens of hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and hundreds of thousands extra on Fb.
Trump’s weblog, in distinction, struggled to amass even a fraction of that engagement, NBC Information reported every week after its launch, citing information compiled with BuzzSumo.
Since leaving workplace on Jan. 20, the previous president, who has strongly hinted he could run for president once more in 2024, has made only a handful of in-person appearances and has participated in interviews with solely pleasant media shops.
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