Donald Trump launches new communications platform

Donald Trump has launched a new “communications” website, which says it will publish content “straight from the desk” of the former US president. Mr Trump was banned by Twitter and suspended by Facebook and YouTube after the Capitol riots in January. The former president has since been releasing statements by press release – which the new website will now host.

Users will be able to like posts – and also share them on Twitter and Facebook accounts. The platform is a subsection of Trump’s website. Jason Miller, Trump spokesperson, clarified that the platform is not a new social media platform and more details on that front will be provided soon. “President Trump’s website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform. We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future,” tweeted Miller. The platform allows Trump to post comments, pictures, and videos. It also includes written statements issued by him since leaving office. The move comes a day before a decision is due from Facebook’s Oversight Board on whether to permanently ban Mr Trump. Mr Trump’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, had previously said a new social media platform was to be launched. “This new platform is going to be big,” he said in March.