Rumors of Donald Trump launching his own social media platform began circulating even before the now-former president was banned from sites like Twitter and YouTube earlier this year. But with these bans still in place, talk of such a move by Trump has been picking up in recent months — and one top Republican thinks it’s time for Silicon Valley to take notice.
According to the Washington Examiner, staunch Trump supporter and freshman U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says if the former president does start his own social media site, it will pose a “major threat” to the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
“Republicans are going to flock there”
Greene’s remarks came during a recent interview with the Examiner.
The freshman congresswoman has long been vocal in her opposition to alleged censorship by Big Tech, a stance that’s earned her the ire of Democrats and many in the mainstream media.
“President Trump, once he launches his media company, this new platform will be a major threat for Facebook and Twitter and any other social media platform in the future,” Greene told the Examiner, “because we know that conservatives and Republicans are going to flock there because they’ll want to be where [he is] on social media.”
She added that the platforms currently dominating the social media sphere will be forced to “compete in the marketplace” against Trump’s new offering, if they possess “any business sense at all.”
Greene: The GOP loves Trump
Rep. Greene’s conversation with the Examiner came in the wake of a decision by Facebook’s “independent” oversight board to uphold the platform’s suspension of the former president’s account, at least for the next six months.
During that time, Facebook has said it will find a “proportionate response” to Trump’s alleged misconduct, as it said a permanent ban is “not appropriate” in comparison to similar disciplinary action it has taken against other users of its platform, the Examiner reported.
Speaking on that ruling, Greene told the Examiner that she expects Facebook is punting the ball in order to gauge whether Trump might launch a competitive platform.
“I think that’s why we saw them delay their decision and say, ‘We’re going to decide in another six months,’ because they’re waiting to see what’s going to happen with President Trump’s new social media site and how it will impact their platforms also,” she said.
“The board wants to continue to please who they really align with, the Democrats, in continuing to keep President Trump off of Facebook because Democrats think that he’s horrible and can’t stand him, and they don’t want him on there,” Greene added, according to the Examiner. “And then that’s a problem because conservatives and Republicans love President Trump and would love for his Facebook page to be reinstated.”
According to Fox News, Trump adviser Jason Miller has said while Trump’s website “is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office,” it’s “not a new social media platform.” On that note, Miller said, “we’ll have additional information coming…in the very near future.”