Former controversial U.S. President Donald Trump has returned to social media with a glorified blog known as a “communications” website, which says it will publish content “straight from the desk” of the former ex-leader.
Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January.
The former president has since been releasing statements by press release – which the new website will now host.
The webpage billed “From the Desk of Donald J Trump”, appears at DonaldJTrump.com/desk and features a small photo of the 45th president writing in a book on his desk.
Tabs on Trump’s new website allow users to like or share the posts on their own Facebook or Twitter accounts, but there is no option for them to reply.
Visitors are also invited to “sign up for alerts”, so that Trump’s musings can be beamed directly into their inboxes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, options to “shop” and “contribute” figure prominently.
A footnote says the tool is funded jointly by the ex-president’s Save America and Make America Great Again political action committees.
The platform does not portray a new Trump, as the controversial ex-president remains ever the feisty communicator.
One of his musings goes thus: “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”
He also had unkind words for Twitter and called Republican Rep. Mitt Ronmey “a stone cold loser.”
Twitter announced it had banned Trump permanently after the US Capitol attack for breaking its “glorification of violence” rules.
Facebook also banned him, with its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, saying “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great”.
However, Facebook’s independent oversight board is expected to announce on Wednesday whether it is overturning the suspension.
Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, who had said that Trump will launch a new “big” social media platform, quickly cleared the air on Twitter that Trump’s website was not that expected platform.
Trump’s return to the social space and his penchant for violent remarks has already caused a storm on social media.
NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: World News Agencies