After Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter on Monday, former President Donald Trump told Fox News that he wouldn’t return to the platform.
The $44 billion bid for Twitter was officially accepted on Monday, making Musk the sole owner of Twitter — now a private company.
Trump told Fox News that he would join his own TRUTH Social this week as initially planned.
“I am not going on Twitter; I am going to stay on TRUTH,” he said. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it, and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
“We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter,” he continued.
So far, the former President has not been active or posted on his platform. In his interview with Fox News, he noted that he plans to begin using the platform in the coming week.
There has been an ongoing call for Twitter to reinstate those who had been banned over the previous years. The primary call, trending on Twitter Monday, was to reinstate former President Trump, who was banned after leaving office last January.
If Twitter accepts Elon Musk’s offer to buy it, the first thing he should do is reinstate Donald Trump.
— Dominique Samuels (@DominiqueTaegon) April 25, 2022
The former President’s ban spurred the creation of his own social media platform, called Truth Social. The platform, formally owned by Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), was launched to the general public last month. Former Rep. Devin Nunes is the company’s CEO.
This last week, the company officially partnered with Rumble video, another platform focused on easing censorship restrictions and supporting free speech.
In a press release last Friday, Rumble said, “This migration will enable the Truth Social platform to scale significantly on a new and cancel-culture-free cloud platform.”
Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski said, “We are excited to partner with one of the fastest-growing social media companies on the internet.”
Truth Social notes that it is a Big Tech alternative seeking to create a free-speech haven without viewpoint discrimination or oppressive censorship. In October 2021, Truth Social, under TMTG, entered into a merger agreement with Digital World Acquisition Company (DWAC), taking the company public.
The partnership with Rumble appears to be a fit in terms of focus and company culture.
According to Rumble, the company is a “high-growth neutral video platform that is creating the rails and independent infrastructure designed to be immune to cancel culture. Rumble’s mission is to restore the Internet to its roots by making it free and open once again.”