Trump may partner with an obscure social media app 'built on the power of positivity' to launch his own network

  • Trump is in talks with obscure social media app FreeSpace as he eyes his own network, Axios reported.
  • The app has just 20,000 downloads and says it’s “built on the power of positivity.”
  • Trump’s advisors have repeatedly teased a new media platform since he was banned by Twitter.
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Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump on January 8, two days after the attacks on the US Capitol, cutting off his access to a bully pulpit of nearly 90 million followers. Facebook followed the next day, severing ties between Trump and another 33 million accounts.

Some initially thought Trump might reappear on Parler, a far-right haven that the Trump Organization had previously held talks with, as an anonymous “Person X” — but those efforts fell through.

Since then, Trump’s advisors have repeatedly teased new media companies that the former president might create to broadcast his message, including one built by his former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

But Axios reported Wednesday that Trump is also in talks with a relatively obscure social media app called FreeSpace, an affiliate of Skylab Apps, that has just 20,000 downloads and not many users.

By comparison, Twitter has 192 million daily users, according to its latest quarterly earnings report.

The details of a Trump-FreeSpace deal, if one is reached at all, aren’t yet clear, according to Axios. A spokesperson for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

FreeSpace says its app is backed by science that makes people “‘addicted’ to doing good,” “built on the power of positivity,” and wants to “make social media fun again.” It would appear to be an odd partnership for Trump, who is one of the world’s largest promoters of misinformation and has consistently used racist, sexist, xenophobic, and violence-inciting language that eventually got him booted from mainstream platforms.

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