Jason Miller said Fox News “Media Buzz” today that the former president will be back in two to three months with a new social media platform that will “completely redefine the game”.
Miller did not provide details, but Trump has hinted at such plans in the past. He was a prolific Twitter user until he was ditched by the platform in January. Twitter claimed it was inciting violence after supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington, DC.
Trump’s return would likely galvanize a conservative movement that has been fractured from tight controls on other social media services and shifting on the part of service providers. The former president has not said what he plans to do in the future with regard to politics, other than saying it hasn’t been done at some point.
If Trump is successful in building his own service, he will do so despite considerable obstacles in his way. The three biggest cloud providers are Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, none of which likely host a Trump platform.
Likewise, payment processors are likely to be similarly reluctant. Stripe has shut down its service on Trump’s campaign website and fundraising efforts, and Shopify has removed online stores affiliated with it.
However, foreign service providers may have an interest in supporting any Trump service.
A movement that Trump himself has launched may also hamper him. Section 230 now protects website operators from legal action for the posts, videos and photos that others share on their services and the moderation of content.
There was pressure to repeal this law, but it’s unclear whether a new Congress and new administration would.