It looks like we’re about to have a new social media platform that is an alternative to Twitter, slated to be launched this weekend from Trump adviser Jason Miller:
FOX NEWS – Former Trump senior adviser Jason Miller is launching a new social media platform on July 4 to declare “independence” from Big Tech, billing it as a “cancel-free zone” focused on free speech, with “superior technology” that he says will “be the envy” of Silicon Valley.
The platform is called “GETTR,” which Miller, the CEO of the company, told Fox News evolved from the idea of “getting together.”
“Let’s get together, we’re talking about a sense of community,” Miller told Fox News in an exclusive interview Thursday. “We think it will ultimately be a global platform—not just conservatives in the U.S.”
He added: “We want people from all political stripes to join the platform.”
GETTR is officially launching on Sunday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET, but the platform is already in the App Stores.
“This ties in with Independence Day,” Miller said. “Independent from social media monopolies, independent from cancel culture; embracing free speech—our launch on Sunday is very much intentional.”
“We believe there needs to be a new social media platform that really defends free speech, and one that doesn’t de-platform for political beliefs,” he continued. “This is a challenge to social media monopolies.”
Miller said the platform has “superior technology” to existing platforms, saying that conservative alternatives often are “not as good.”
“We’re starting a cutting edge technology that will really be the envy of the social media world,” Miller said.
GETTR allows users to post longer messages with up to 777 characters. Miller said GETTR will also allow users to post “clearer pictures,” post videos that are up to three minutes long, and have the ability to edit the videos within the app.
Miller told Fox News that upon signing up for GETTR, users will have the option to “import their existing tweets into this new platform.”
“You can import these tweets so that your hard work, creativity, your intellectual property comes with you,” Miller said, noting it is a “one-time option upon creating your account,” and saying that the import does not link users back out to Twitter.
When asked if he was concerned about a potential legal challenge from Twitter, Miller said this is “a fight I don’t mind picking.”
“They are not publishers, they can’t have it both ways,” he said. “You can’t say we have a publishing exemption, but you can’t do anything with your own intellectual property. The rules are very clear, you own your tweets and you own your posts.”
Additional features coming to the platform after the official launch on Sunday include online appreciation and “tipping,” so that users can give money to prominent content creators. Miller said he believes the tool will incentivize those prominent influencers to use GETTR, so that they can “monetize what they’re doing and posting right now.”
Miller also told Fox News that GETTR will have a live-streaming option, as well as an option for users to donate to political candidates. Miller said the company is still reviewing how it will cap users’ political donations to fall within election laws but stressed that there was “no cap for online appreciation givers.”
If it is truly superior, I hope it breaks through. Both Fred T and I have been disappointed that Parler doesn’t allow for embedding parleys.
Also, there’s the question of whether Trump will join Miller’s platform or not. He never joined Parler nor Gab, but if he joined GETTR, that would be a huge draw.
Another big question is will this really be a solid global competitor to Twitter or will it just be another conservative stronghold? I’m all for another platform, but what makes Twitter so popular and so hard to compete with is that everyone uses it, especially people/companies pushing out news.
I guess we’ll find out a little more this weekend when the official launch happens.
UPDATE: It looks like Trump is still planning something of his own and won’t join Miller’s new platform:
We’ve already got Gab and Parler as alternatives to Twitter. Now we’re going to have GETTR and who knows what Trump is planning. I’m starting to get social media fatigue…