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Donald Trump launches 'Truth' social media platform after exile from Twitter and Facebook
21 October 2021, 09:16 | Updated: 21 October 2021, 09:20
Former US president Donald Trump has launched a social media platform named "Truth" after having been banned from tech-giants Facebook and Twitter.
It comes nine months after Mr Trump was expelled from several platforms for his role in inciting a violent insurrection at the US Capitol in January.
The app - called TRUTH social - is intended to rival the companies that had shut him down.
Twitter had become a key tool in Mr Trump's presidency, as a means of communication with his supporters.
In a statement, Mr Trump said: "We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favourite American President has been silenced.
"This is unacceptable."
The app comes as part of the newly-created Trump Media & Technology Group, which was also announced by the 45th US president.
The platform was created through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation (DWA) - a special-purpose acquisition company - seeking to become a publicly listed company.
Mr Trump had previously spoken about his plans to launch a social media site ever since he was barred from Twitter and Facebook.
An earlier attempt to launch a blog on his existing website was abandoned after the page drew a dismal number of views.
In addition to the app, which is expected to soft-launch next month, with a nationwide rollout in early 2022, the company said it was planning a video-on-demand service - dubbed TMTG+.