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Recently, former president Donald Trump announced upcoming plans to release his own social media platform, which he christened “Truth Social.” The app will provide a safe space for conservatives and Trump himself, who is still banned on Twitter by the Big Tech Nazis.

According to the ex-commander in chief, Truth Social will be the enemy of “self-righteous scolds and self-appointed arbiters,” referring to the social media giants who decide what people are supposed to “think, say, share, and do.”

“The corruption of these platforms cannot be ignored. We have fallen far down the ‘slippery slope’ of censorship in our country, and the topics that Americans are increasingly forbidden to debate are among the most important issues of our day,” Trump said in an official statement.

Truth Social is expected to have a beta launch this coming month of November, to be followed by a major launch in 2022. Trump’s new company the Trump Media & Technology Group, which is merging with the Nasdaq-listed Digital World Acquisition Group to form a publicly traded company, also announced the launch of a video streaming service.

Critics are quick to point out the negative implications of allowing a politician to own his own social network, citing the possibility that it can be used for personal propaganda and misinformation.

“Donald Trump’s campaign and his brand has always been about creating a truth that benefits him. If it’s the Trump algorithm, the opposition and dissenting voices are not going to pop up in the feed. Trump will always come first. It doesn’t matter what information you want, you will always get what Trump says at the top of the feed,” said David Richard, a social media expert and professor at Emerson College.

“I think the thing about a lot of these sites is that since they’re built solely on voicing frustrations and anger, the engagement is pretty limited. Obviously, calling it Truth Social sort of lays out a path of hard-core trolling, gaslighting, and assorted reactionary tactics that we’re used to seeing from the Trump camp,” Alexander Reid Ross, a fellow with the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, told ABC News.

Although Trump has not made an official pronouncement yet, the former head of state has been constantly teasing another presidential run in 2024. In case he decides to give the White House seat another shot, big tech and mainstream media will definitely make things more difficult for Trump. Truth Social will however, provide him the megaphone that he needs to amplify his voice on the internet.

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