News that is certain to drive the left nuts. – The big news over the weekend was the bombshell dropped by former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller, who told Howie Kurtz on Sunday that the former President would soon be returning to social media. That prospect in and of itself would be guaranteed to drive the average participant in Twitter’s Perpetual Outrage Mob into saliva-spewing fits of outrage, but the second part of what Miller said can only serve to up the ante: Trump will be returning on a social media platform of his own making.
Trump Has a Big Announcement About Being Back on Social Media https://t.co/ZX30Hb0BKA
— RedState (@RedState) March 22, 2021
From the story at RedState.com:
Miller shared the news with Howard Kurtz on Fox’s “Media Buzz” that it would be coming in about two to three months.
Miller said he thought Trump’s statements, because they were fewer and longer, were almost getting more play than when he had been posting on Twitter.
”I do think we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform,” Miller said. “This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media.”
“It’s going to completely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does, but it will be his own platform,” Miller said.
Miller said that the president had been in numerous discussions at Mar-a-Lago, that multiple companies were interested but Trump knew in what direction he wanted to go. “This new platform is going to be big. Everyone wants him. He’s going to bring millions and millions – tens of millions – to this new platform,” Miller exclaimed. Trump had 88.6 million followers when he was suspended from Twitter.
It might indeed “completely redefine the game” if the right is able to have more non-restricted social media platforms that aren’t subject to being shutdown by leftist-oriented Big Tech. The right needs to work harder at breaking that stranglehold that the left has over most of social media. Because with that stranglehold comes control and the ability to dictate what information is ‘allowed’ and what will be shut down because it doesn’t serve the Democratic cause/narrative. We saw how critical that was both before and after the election with the media dispensing with any pretext of fairness and flat out impeding things from being spread, like the Hunter Biden story in October.
First thing to note about this story: While Miller’s statement seems fairly definitive, Trump is well-known in this business life for floating trial balloons designed to gauge public reaction to potential ventures before moving ahead with them. So, no one should get too excited about the prospect just yet.
Second, as we have seen in the cases of other alternative social media platforms like Gab and Parler, any site that wishes to compete with the leftwing Soviet-style propaganda/censorship Big Tech monopolies has some gigantic obstacles to overcome, especially if the goal is to monetize them in any significant way. As Parler discovered, web-hosting service companies like Amazon and others coordinate efforts with Twitter/Facebook/Netflix, and will brutishly de-platform offending sites at a moment’s notice, essentially destroying their business models.
The same is true of web-searching tools like Google and others, who rig their “algorithms” to discriminate against any sites and individual articles containing political thought that goes against leftist orthodoxy. With advertisers all basically using numbers provided by Google Analytics as the basis for payouts, Google basically controls the flow of money in this space.
Think about it: My own site has seen its hit numbers reduced to near-zero over the past two months due to a Google decision to artificially zero-out referral traffic counts coming in from several conservative aggregator sites. If they’re taking time to mess with small potatoes like DBDailyUpdate, think what they’ll be willing to do to a social media platform with Trump’s name attached to it.
This insidious, 1984-like censorship of “wrong thought” also extends to website builder platforms like WordPress, which de-platformed The Conservative Treehouse with just days of advance warning and no clear explanation of how that site had violated the terms of its agreement. TCH has been able to recover, but only at tremendous expense to its owners.
The point of all this is that, if Trump really wishes to mount his own proprietary social media platform, he will basically have to also create his own proprietary web hosting service and web builder software platform, and will have to find non-traditional ways of monetization since Google will certainly use its monopoly status to artificially under-count his traffic to advertisers. In theory, this is all doable, but will be incredibly complex and extremely costly.
The response to that from some will no doubt be, ‘well, Trump’s a billionaire so he can afford it.’ Yes, Trump remains a billionaire, but this is a man wh0 saw his net worth cut in half while serving in the presidency for four years. You can be sure that he is going to want to see any new venture he takes on now be a profitable enterprise.
So, while the prospect of Trump mounting a social media platform that really provides a viable alternative to the array of Soviet-style monopolies is encouraging, the devil is going to be in the details of how he brings it all off. One thing’s for sure: Like any Trump enterprise, it will definitely be interesting to watch it all play out.
That is all.
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