Donald Trump announced his long-awaited social media site yesterday and already it sounds like a joke. Don Jr. went on Fox News and said that the site, “Truth Social,” will be “a platform for everyone to express their feelings.” He went on to explain that the site is beginning its beta testing and that it will launch to the public in “the next few weeks,” which is the same timeline Trump Sr. would give during his presidency when he wanted to pretend like he was actually working on something. Not surprisingly, Truth Social will not be living up to its established values of free speech and an open exchange of dialogue. The twenty-third rule for Trump’s social media site is that users can’t use it to make fun of Truth Social itself. According to the rules so far listed, users cannot “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.” The terms of service also include a forum selection clause similar to the ones Trump lawyers just got done arguing are unenforceable. So the hypocrisy from Trump and his team once again knows no bounds. It’ll be interesting to see if this ever gets off the ground, and if it does, whether Trump supporters and anyone else will actually be using it.
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