Former President Donald Trump’s team quietly launched a new social media platform on Thursday, billing it as an alternative to Big Tech sites. But the debut immediately ran into confusion about whether it was the former president’s long-promised bid to offer his legions of followers their own social media haven or merely the next attempt to build a MAGA-alternative to the main platforms.
Trump’s former senior adviser, Jason Miller, is behind the site, which is called Gettr. Mediaite reported Wednesday night that he stepped away from his post to launch the Twitter-like platform. Miller shared the story on his Twitter profile, which still lists him as a Newsmax contributor. Gettr’s new users aren’t aware that the platform got its first funding from a foundation run by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and his family. Miller said Guo’s “family foundation” gave Gettr with early investment in an interview with The Daily Beast on Thursday. Guo, who often goes by the name Miles Kwok, received some of the first seed funding from his family foundation, according to Miller. Further, former Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh is also involved as a consultant on the Gettr app. Reportedly, the involvement of Donald Trump still remains unclear with the newest platform along with the uncertainty attached to him making a Gettr account.