Former President Donald Trump hasn’t made any new social media accounts since he was kicked off Twitter and Facebook earlier this year — however that’s not stopping alternative free speech-focused platforms from attempting to recruit him.
Jason Miller, a former senior adviser to Trump who is now CEO of a Twitter alternative known as Gettr, instructed The Post he’s been having discussions with Trump for months about becoming a member of the platform, which says it’s signed up 2.5 million customers since coming on-line in June.
Miller desires to get Trump on Gettr with the concept that if the previous president is a member, thousands and thousands of his followers will comply with.
Trump hasn’t agreed to enroll — but. Far from the times of lending his identify to vodka, steaks and ties, the previous president desires to “make sure it’s a viable platform” earlier than becoming a member of, Miller instructed The Post.
Gettr presently seems like a bare-bones model of Twitter, however Miller says the platform plans so as to add options like direct messaging and live-streaming within the coming months. Gettr Pay, an alternative to Apple and Google Pay, is anticipated subsequent year.
Trump additionally desires one thing else as a situation of becoming a member of, according to an Axios report final month: fairness in Gettr. Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Miller wouldn’t verify that report, however stated talks with the ex-president have progressed since August. He declined to supply particulars. He spoke to The Post over a steak lunch at a restaurant close to Gettr’s New York headquarters. It’s positioned in flashy clothes model Versace’s former workplaces on the twentieth flooring of three Columbus Circle. (The gilded prospers left behind from the previous tenant may enchantment to Trump’s equally flashy tastes.)
Gettr has obtained funding from Guo Wengui, a businessman who fled China in 2014 and is shut with fellow ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon. It additionally has different unnamed backers and has raised about $75 million thus far, the company says. Miller instructed The Post he has lately been talking with potential buyers abroad, together with in Latin America and Europe.
Gettr is not the primary platform to court docket the previous president.
Parler, one other free speech-oriented alternative to Twitter and Facebook, gained traction amongst conservatives in late 2020 earlier than crashing and burning when Amazon Web Services banned the company within the wake of the Jan. 6 riots, leaving its app unusable for a month. Trump reportedly thought-about becoming a member of Parler however balked when the company refused to censor his critics, New York Magazine reported.
Gettr additionally depends on Amazon Web Services to supply the know-how that undergirds its website, however Miller stated it has a backup plan to keep away from an prolonged Parler-like outage if Amazon cuts off the company.
As a part of its “free speech” ethos, Gettr has averted censoring some controversial content material. While YouTube has banned a lot “anti-vax” content material, Gettr permits such content material on its website, based on Miller, who needed to present proof of vaccination and put on a masks to be able to enter the restaurant the place he met with The Post.
And Miller is seeking to set Gettr other than rival pro-Trump platforms by making it extra worldwide in scope. Miller already persuaded Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to enroll and is pushing different world right-wing populist figures to hitch.
The CEO traveled to Europe in September to recruit politicians together with French anti-immigration media determine Éric Zemmour, who’s extensively thought-about to be a number one candidate within the nation’s 2022 presidential election.
Miller additionally met with Marion Maréchal, one other conservative political determine in France who’s the niece of Marine Le Pen — in addition to Nigel Farage, a former member of the European Parliament and an architect of Brexit.
So far, Zemmour, Maréchal and Farage don’t seem to have signed up.
But working a social media company doesn’t simply entail horny duties like flying the world over to fulfill hobnob with politicians.
Miller stated he’s spent a lot of his time as CEO coping with content-moderation points, together with a flood of Jihadist execution movies reported by Politico and little one pornography flagged by Stanford University researchers in August.
Gettr says it’s addressing these points and beefing up its content-moderation groups, that are made up of contract employees abroad. Miller didn’t say precisely what number of moderators are employed by Gettr, however stated the company has about 300 complete staff and full-time contractors around the globe, together with 50 in New York.
Looming over Miller’s conversations with Trump is the likelihood that the previous president will run once more in 2024 — a prospect the ex-adviser says is more and more doubtless.
Miller stated he’s instructed Trump that he would solely stop his job to work on Trump’s marketing campaign after the ex-president joins the platform, brings on thousands and thousands of customers and helps push the company via to a profitable preliminary public providing. If that doesn’t occur, Miller says he would count on to advise Trump’s marketing campaign in a part-time capability.
If Trump doesn’t run, Miller predicts Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. As for DeSantis, he seems to have joined Gettr in July.