Excitement about Trump's social media site is tepid with just weeks before its launch, but one politically-eager GenZer is all in
- Truth Social is a Trump-backed
- The site, which Trump is expected to use, won't block any political talk or misinformation.
With just weeks to go before its anticipated launch, excitement about
Except for 18-year-old Weston Imer, a politically-eager GenZer who has already signed up for the app and maintains that whatever Trump brings to the market will blow America away.
"The return of daily content and the 'mean tweets' that everyone has missed, including CNN and MSNBC, will be a great thing," Imer, an alumnus of Trump's 2016 campaign, said of his hopes for the platform. Imer, who touts himself as a "social media influencer" on Twitter, is currently running his mother Laurel Imer's bid for the House seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado,
Insider reached out to a dozen former Trump administration aides, seasoned GOP strategists, and Trump business associates for an update on the right-leaning communication hub. Most didn't respond to requests for comment about Truth Social, which could go live as soon as February 21.
Those who weighed in said they hadn't paid much attention to the project Trump has pushed for since being cut off from his millions of Twitter,
One of a handful of online communications tools catering to MAGA devotees at odds with mainstream services like Twitter, Truth Social bills itself as offering "an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology."
The biggest difference between Truth Social and existing conservative channels like
Devin Nunes, the 10-term California Republican who recently resigned from Congress to become CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group, Truth Social developers did not respond to requests for comment about the projected launch or the app's intended audience. Trump's spokeswoman Liz Harrington did not respond either. The months' old Trump Media and Technology Group is already under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
While still in development, details are beginning to emerge about the nascent company's initial offering.
The anything-goes dream of Truth Social is just that. The tech firm hired to handle content moderation said its AI automatically filters out posts featuring "nudity, drugs, violence, hate speech, spam, and bullying," but won't block political talk or misinformation. Nunes said the safeguards are essential to creating "the most family-friendly site."
"We're not going to censor anybody because they have a different opinion about, for example, a COVID vaccine," Nunes told Fox News. "That is what the open internet is all about—it should be for the free flow of debate and ideas all over the globe, so that people can learn from one another and debate with one another."
And applicants for the service must theoretically make it through the site's "waiting list" — a vetting process that doesn't seem to apply to VIP recruits.
Building up hype
TikTok personality Jeremy Jacobowitz, who called Trump "literally the dumbest fucking person ever" in a video posted in October 2020, reported receiving an invite to claim his preferred username ahead of Truth Social's official rollout.
Whether Jacobowitz appreciates the nod, or former aides fully understand what Trump is up to these days matters not to Imer. He told Insider that he, his mother, and many of his friends "in the movement" are pre-registered and ready to tap back into Trump's every passing thought.
Since being booted from social media Trump's venting has been relegated to the sporadic statements issued by his post-presidential office.
The other person Imer's excited to engage with is Rep.
Greene was one of the four dozen political commentators that have struggled to replicate the audience growth they experienced on Twitter since migrating to the existing echo chamber-like clones, The Washington Post analysts reported.
Political exiles aside, Imer said Truth Social is a natural fit for conservative candidates seeking to "reach their base without shadow banning and censorship." He predicted that others from across the aisle would likely follow.
"I think you will see some moderate Democrats that disagree with all the censorship join the app," Imer said.
And he's thought up a few ways to ensure Truth Social trumps existing social media sites for good.
The simplest innovation: scrap the 280 character limit. Imer said allowing people to write longer, rather than relaying their messages in sequential Twitter threads, "would be a great thing."
"I also think adding a live streaming option would be beneficial to them in the long run," Imer said.
As psyched as he is to participate, sitting on his hands while the Truth Social gatekeepers sort through the waitlist suits Imer just fine.
"I think for now it's just a way to build up hype and generate curiosity," he wrote in an email. "I would say it's working!"
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