Former Trump Aide Tries To Beat Twitter By Tearing Down Its UI • The Register


Former Trump campaign communications strategist and DNA communicator Jason Miller has launched a new social media platform that he hopes will be the long-awaited utopia of free speech that comes with the supposedly devastating influence of big tech on can compete with public discourse.

The app – known as GETTR, not to be confused with the Turkish food app Getir – has actually been available in the Google and Apple app stores since mid-June, but was only downloaded about a thousand times until then. July).

The app’s official launch day will be July 4th, which will undoubtedly result in extremely positive coverage from all tech journalists who have to cover it instead of celebrating Independence Day with their families at home.

In a pre-launch interview on right-wing US news broadcaster Newsmax, Miller claimed that GETTR would “now blow everything away on social media.”

“I believe that one thing that has hindered many conservatives in our endeavors so far has really hampered it: We didn’t have a lot of good products,” he said, seeming unaware of the fact that conservatives had access to exactly the same products had as liberals, libertarians, greens, communists and everyone else up to that point. They just never paid enough attention to the conditions.

The main selling point for Miller’s new venture appears to be that GETTR will have less onerous rules to intercept well-meaning and underrepresented right-wing voices, an endeavor it shares with Parler, Gab, Frank, Minds, and what appears to be dozens of others. However, GETTR’s terms are just as restrictive as Twitter’s, if not more:

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As YouTuber JustALazyGamer pointed out, this is effectively just what Twitter does without the porn.

If Twitter is its main competitor and the Internet lacks “good products”, one would expect the new site to be radically different. But instead, GETTR shares a lot in common with the more established microblogging site in that it effectively clones Twitter’s user interface and layout while missing out on some of the functionality. Miller’s allusion that conservative voices simply lacked a certain special product to really shine is all the more peculiar.

GETTR users can also import all of their Twitter tweets and contacts. This fact led to some of the larger accounts having more followers than there were registered users on the site early on, a bug that has since been fixed.

The platform has a number of other weird quirks compared to its obvious main competitor. The maximum length of posts is initially 777 instead of 280 characters. This seemingly entirely arbitrary number is meant to allow posters – perhaps elaborate former presidents – to express themselves more fully than they could have done on Twitter.

Unfortunately, the number 777 is also the symbol of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement or Afrikaner Resistance Movement, a South African white supremacist neo-Nazi organization. This may seem a simple coincidence, of course, but it seems like a bit of a red flag that no one noticed.

Users can also post videos up to three minutes long, compared to 140 seconds on Twitter.

So far, the former Rambler-in-Chief has yet to set up an account on the platform, which seems a bit unfriendly as it seems it was set up primarily for him. Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he’s been looking for another place to settle with his bombastic presence since he shared Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Reddit, and most after the Capitol Riots in January 2021 social media was booted.

“I will tell you that ‘Real Donald Trump’ is reserved for the 45th President, my favorite president. So if he decides to join the platform we would love to have him,” Miller said in another Newsmax interview Thursday night ( July 1), possibly more in hope than expectation.

Trump struggled to find a suitable home for his online primal scream therapy after starting a blog in May, only to shut it down weeks later for lack of traffic. His organization reportedly intends to either start or buy a new social media home for the former president, preferably on terms that would make his involvement profitable, rather than just his public profile in advance of a possible leaning towards the 2024 presidential election.

However, there is no guarantee that Trump will have the resources or the personal freedom to conduct such a campaign after the Manhattan District Attorney’s tax charges yesterday against the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Given that the allegations include suggestions that the Trump organization kept the details of its tax violations in a secret “internal table,” it might be better for the former president and everyone around him to get rid of it altogether in the future Technology keeps away. ®


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