New social media site GETTR, launched by Trump adviser, gets soft kickoff, makes hard landing

Conservatives, First Amendment supporters, and journalists have long awaited the launch of former President Trump’s own social media platform after he was suspended from traditional platforms like Twitter and Facebook following the 2020 presidential election. Months later, their patience is being rewarded…sort of.

Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller test-launched his new social platform GETTR on Thursday evening without much fanfare.

The name GETTR was inspired by the words “Getting Together.”

The official launch for the app is July 4th at 10 a.m., surely symbolic of the free speech promoted by the platform when compared with their Big Tech competitors. However, it’s still available for download in the interim on Google and Apple, already receiving over one thousand downloads in each store.

GETTR’s mission is listed on their website as “fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas.”

While there seem to be many Trump allies already on or embracing the platform, the jury is out on whether or not the former president will join.

Trump has yet to promote Miller’s creation and reports indicate that he is still eyeing a competing social media service.

The site is not currently live and still in test mode while teams work out the kinks before Sunday’s launch, but a search will currently reveal some of the people who are already using the platform.

Former Trump Communications Director Tim Murtaugh serves as a consultant for the platform. When searching his name, his profile comes up with more followers than he has on Twitter, a seemingly impossible feat for an app still in its beta phase.

Republican Senate candidate Sean Parnell also had a follower count on GETTR that was identical to his Twitter count for Thursday’s soft launch.

As for whether or not that is intentional, GETTR actually imports all of the users’ tweets and followers as a method of enticing users to cut Twitter cold turkey and make the switch.

“Tweets are up to the point you join, it won’t continuously suck them in. The idea is we want people to move from Twitter to Gettr,” a person involved with the app told Politico.

A few other things that will likely need to be worked out ahead of the Sunday launch include an automated Trump account that blasts out the messages Trump is currently sending out via email.

Additionally, in the popular user section, many of the people pictured are not real users, rather pulled from stock photos. And users who have tried to sign up reportedly haven’t received the verification code needed to complete their registration.

Initial reaction to Miller’s platform has been about what you would expect from those on either side of the aisle:

The app will be rated M for Mature and posts are allowed to be up to 777 characters long, posts can have videos up to three minutes in length, and it has live-stream capabilities.

Only time will tell if the app will succeed among a sea of other options like struggling Parler. For now, however, the best way to remain abreast of former President Trump news, statements, and releases, is to follow his email list.

Kay Apfel

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