Former US President Donald Trump is leaving the Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021 in New York City.
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Former president Donald Trumpthe blog – a website where he shared statements after major social networks banned his platforms – has been permanently shut down, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
The “From Donald J. Trump’s Desk” page was removed from Trump’s website after it was launched less than a month earlier.
“He’s not coming back,” his senior aide Jason Miller told CNBC.
“It was just helpful for the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Miller said in an email correspondence.
He declined to provide further details about those efforts.
“Hoping to get more information about the wider effort soon, but I don’t have a precise awareness of the weather,” Miller said.
Facebook i Twitter both banned Trump from publishing on their platforms after Jan. 6, when a mob of supporters of the then president violently attacked the U.S. Capitol, forcing a joint session of Congress to hide. Trump, who never recognized the president Joe Biden, repeatedly and falsely claimed on social media after the November 3 election that his race had been stolen by widespread fraud.
U.S. President Donald Trump is using his cell phone while holding a roundtable with governors on the economic reopening of closure over COVID-19, known as coronavirus, at the White House state dining hall in Washington, DC, June 18, 2020.
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Trump and his allies have long accused social media giants of being tainted by political bias and prone to conservative censorship. The former president teased the presentation of an alternative platform.
But the blog, introduced last month and originally charged as a new “communication platform” it looked ill-equipped to take over the largest social media companies.
Miller then clarified – on Twitter – that the “Desk” page was a “great resource” for finding Trump’s statement, “but this is not a new social media platform.”
At the time of his removal of the platform in January, Trump boasted tens of millions of followers on Twitter and millions of others on Facebook.
Trump’s blog, by contrast, struggled to collect even a fraction of that engagement, NBC News reported a week after launch, citing data collected through BuzzSumo.
Since leaving office on January 20, the former president, who has strongly hinted that he could run for president again in 2024, has appeared on several occasions and participated in interviews only with friendly media.
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