Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller has launched a new social media app aimed at people who engage in discussions about how major social media apps like Twitter moderate content on their platforms. But it seems that the application has serious obstacles to overcome to really compete with other major technology companies.
The app, called Gettr, was released quietly in the Apple and Google app store in mid-June, according to Politician, who gave news about the launch of the app. Gettr’s mission statement describes it as “fighting to abolish culture, promote common sense, defend freedom of expression, challenge social media monopolies, and create a real market for ideas.” Many current trend topics on the app reflect pro-Trump slogans and sentiments, such as #keepamericagreat, #defendfreedom, and #maga.
But despite the app’s ambitions, it seems to face challenges similar to what other “free” social media apps, such as Talk about rubbing salt in my wounds – d’oh!, have been dealing since they launched this year with promises not to moderate the content users post on their platforms. For starters: At least for now, Donald Trump doesn’t use Gettr – but one of the reasons these “free” social media platforms were born in the first place is because they are a reaction to Trump’s ban in January by most of social media platforms. In addition, the app is in many ways a knockoff of Twitter, doesn’t even have many users, and is already a home for jokingly racist messages that would be dropped on most other platforms.
Trump is visibly absent
Since Trump was prohibited from all main platforms in January for encouraging the revolt of the United States Capitol, he suggested he want to reconsider on a new social media app that would let him say whatever he wanted. This has left a major gap in the social media ecosystem for Trump followers, who are still active online but no longer have the former president’s regular tweets to share and respond to. In the several months since it was banned, Trump mentions it in social media has drastically declined on Twitter and Facebook.
In early June, CNBC said that Trump was thinking about getting into Miller’s application that was also to be called for. But so far, Trump is not on the app and has not indicated that he will join it. Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs he tweeted that Trump doesn’t plan to join Gettr and “will have no financial or equity interest” in the app. Instead, “he always has plans for a separate platform.”
And Trump would have turned down an offer to join Parler, a “freedom of speech” social media app aimed at conservatives because society refused to ban people who wrote negative comments about him, according to an excerpt from Michael Wolff next book on Trump.
And Trump’s own effort to create a platform where he could interact directly with his followers has failed. In May, Trump launched a website called “From Donald Trump’s Desk” that was more like a blog than a robust social platform. The site gained only a small portion of the views Trump used to receive on Twitter and Facebook. In early June, less than a month after the start, Trump has closed.
Currently, Gettr has more than 1000 downloads in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store each, according to Politico – which isn’t much compared to major social networks (Twitter had 17 million downloads combined on Apple and Google only this past month, according to the firm SensorTower). That said, the app is only in beta testing and hasn’t been much publicized to date.
The app seems to be a knockoff of Twitter
Gettr is a pretty blatant Twitter encounter. Even his name sounds a lot like “Twitter”.
Just make a side-by-side comparison of the apps revealing their similarities: At the top of the two apps, Gettr asks users to send questions by asking, “What’s new?”; Twitter asks, “What’s going on?” Both Twitter and Gettr put their feeds on the left and their trend panels on the right, and Gettr offers users “verified” icons with red and white Vs that closely resemble the “verified” blue check marks. and Twitter whites.
Gettr also allows some users to import their old tweets so that their Gettr profiles can reflect their Twitter feeds.
Twitter declined to comment on whether Gettr that allows users to import their old tweets into a new social thread violates their terms of service.
Racist content is already on trend
Already, overtly racist hashtags tend to get to Gettr – highlighting a common problem with “free speech” social media apps, which have limited policies against hate speech.
Two hashtags with the word n have already appeared in Gettr’s trending topics, and link to a bunch of anti-Semitic insults and racist comments aimed at Blacks.
Gettr currently reserves the right – but “does not undertake” – to remove content that is “offensive, obscene, lewd, lewd, dirty, pornographic, violent, harassing, threatening, abusive, illegal, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate.” , according to the terms of service published on its website.
Gettr did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
As one social media researcher noted, Gettr’s policies on what content is and is not allowed are particularly vague. And the fact that the jokingly racist posts appear already on the app proves that their lack of content moderation will be a problem for the company.
So far, Gettr doesn’t seem to be where Trump will make his long-term return to social media. But it’s another example of the anti-Twitter-and-Facebook social media platforms we’ve seen emerge in the wake of Trump’s presence on major networks – and shows how these platforms struggle to keep up with the sites. established that promise to moderate harmful content.