Donald Trump's social media platform Truth Social launched in the Apple App store in February 2022. (AP) News 

Insights into Truth Social, the social media platform launched by Donald Trump

After being banned from popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, ex-President Donald Trump introduced his own social media platform, Truth Social, in early 2022. Although he’s since been reinstated to both, he’s mostly stayed out of X, the Elon Musk-owned platform that was once his primary megaphone. Meanwhile, on Facebook, his posts are largely videos and pictures with slogans and messages like “THANK YOU MISSOURI! TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA AGAIN!!!” That likely won’t change even after Trump Media…

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Truth Social, Donald Trump's social media venture, reveals $73 million in losses, sparking concerns about its sustainability. (AFP) News 

Trump’s Truth Social App Sinking Fast – $73 Million Loss Revealed!

In a recent regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Digital World Acquisition Corp, the special purpose acquisition company planning to merge with Trump Media & Technology Group, has revealed the financial challenges faced by Truth Social, Donald Trump’s social media project. Since its inception, Truth Social has suffered substantial losses, totaling $73 million, raising concerns about its sustainability. The filing says the platform posted a $50 million loss in 2022, followed by an additional $23 million loss in the first half of 2023, according to a Forbes…

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The former president was booked at the Fulton County jail in Georgia. News 

Trump Posts Mug Shot After Being Reinstated on X

After being banned from Twitter following the Capitol riot on January 6th, 2021, former President Donald Trump has made a return to the platform, now known as X, over two years later. On August 24th, 2023, Trump posted his first tweet since his account was reinstated on November 19th, 2022. His initial message consisted of an image displaying his mug shot taken during his booking at Georgia’s Fulton County jail. The charges against him relate to allegations of conspiring to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential elections. The image…

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They were also able to secure his search and location history from October 2020 to January 2021. News 

Investigators of Capitol Riot on January 6th Access Trump’s Twitter Messages and Deleted Posts

Despite facing difficulties in obtaining former President Donald Trump’s records from Twitter (now X), the special counsel investigating the events of January 6th, 2020 eventually managed to acquire a substantial amount of information from the platform. However, according to recently unsealed court filings (PDF) disclosed by Politico, it required extensive negotiations and a significant amount of effort before the counsel could successfully obtain the requested data from Twitter. Apparently, the search warrant required Twitter to produce all tweets that @realdonaldtrump created, drafted, liked or retweeted, including any posts he eventually…

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The social network took too long to turn over data to the January 6th investigation. News 

Twitter Penalized for Delayed Response to Search Warrant for Donald Trump’s Account

After court documents revealing the warrant emerged, Politico reported that special counsel Jack Smith has been authorized to search former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account as part of his inquiry into the events of January 6th, 2020. Smith received permission in January, but had trouble getting records from Twitter. First, his investigators apparently encountered a “defunct” website typically used to make legitimate requests to law enforcement. When they were able to provide the authorization, Twitter was slow to respond, according to court records. According to recently unsealed court documents, the…

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YouTube stressed the need to balance the chance for voters to hear equally from major national candidates News 

YouTube will reinstate Donald Trump’s account before the 2024 presidential election

YouTube has announced that former US President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel has been restored. The account was restricted as a result of the January 2021 attack on the Capitol. This decision follows the example of platforms like Twitter and Facebook. In its statement, YouTube emphasized the need to balance the opportunities for voters to hear equally about the biggest national candidates during the election. “As of today, the Donald J. Trump channel is no longer restricted and can upload new content. We carefully assessed the continued risk of real violence…

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Facebook to end the ban on political ads in the United States. (Pixabay) News 

Facebook to lift ban on political advertising

Facebook Inc. will end the ban on political advertising in the United States on Thursday, opening its social networking sites to ads on politics, elections and social issues for the first time in months. The company shut down all new political advertising in the United States in the week leading up to the November general election, and then shut down all advertising on political and social issues in the weeks that followed, as the then president , Donald Trump, publicly fought the result. Facebook allowed some political ads around a…

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FILE PHOTO: A logo of the electronic payment service Alipay which is owned by Ant Group Co Ltd is seen at an ATM in Beijing, China December 30, 2020. REUTERS / Thomas Peter / File Photo (REUTERS) News 

Trump orders ban on transactions with more Chinese apps

President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps, including Alipay and WeChat Pay. The order goes into effect in 45 days, when Joe Biden will be president, so his fate is unclear. The orders follow two more signed by Trump in August, banning transactions with the popular TikTok video app as well as the main WeChat app. The fate of these apps in the US is still unclear, and with just 15 days until launch day, it will likely be up to Biden to manage…

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Trump has so far refused to concede and has tweeted incessantly about how Democrats stole the election and Twitter has called all of his tweets disputed. (Pixabay) News 

Twitter to hand over POTUS account to Biden on January 20

Twitter will hand over the official U.S. President’s @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden on inauguration day, even if Donald Trump refuses to concede, The New York Post reported, citing a spokesperson. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of institutional White House Twitter accounts on January 20,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Post on Friday. Other government accounts such as @VP, @FLOTUS, @whitehouse will also be handed over to the Biden administration. Trump has so far refused to concede and has tweeted incessantly about how the election was…

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The Trump administration granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of an assignment order that ordered the Chinese company to sell its TikTok video-sharing app by Thursday. (REUTERS) News 

TikTok employee agrees to drop charges against Trump administration

A TikTok employee who sued the Trump administration over its ban on the video-sharing app has agreed to drop his case. Patrick S. Ryan submitted a dossier dated November 13, indicating that both parties are asking the court to dismiss the case with prejudice. No reason was given. TikTok owner Bytedance Ltd. this week won a 15-day extension to its deadline for selling US assets and the Commerce Department said it would not go ahead with a ban on use the app for US residents, in light of two court…

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