Trump announces launch of his social media site

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Nine months after being silenced from social media, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s 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 have shut him out.

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“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced,” he said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”

Contrary to the former President's claims, conservative voices actually do well on traditional social media. On Wednesday, half of Facebook’s top 10 performing link posts were from conservative media, commentators or politicians, according to a daily list compiled by a New York Times technology columnist and an internet studies professor using Facebook’s own data.

Trump has spoken about launching his own social media site ever since he was barred from Twitter and Facebook. His first post-Twitter attempt to return to the internet -- his blog, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" -- got little traction and shuttered in 29 days.

In addition to the Truth Social app, which is expected to soft-launch next month with a nationwide rollout early next year, the company says it is planning a video-on-demand service dubbed TMTG+ that will feature entertainment programming, news, and podcasts.

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