Over President’s Day weekend, disgraced former person Donald Trump launched his “TRUTH Social” app to compete with Twitter as a social media wonderland of right-wing extremism. The all caps “TRUTH” is so that you know it’s someone screaming the word truth! The launch was marred by technical difficulties, glitches, and the kinds of shoddy work Americans have come to expect from conmen like Trump and social media disgrace former Rep. Devin Nunes. Even the logo might have been a shoddy rip-off job and could face legal copyright infringement in the near future.
The press release from Trump Media & Technology group (TMTG) promised that TRUTH Social would “fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley,” and all of that canceling being done by liberals. The app has been live for a little less than 72 hours, and guess what? TRUTH Social has already canceled people, including a parody account that makes TMTG CEO Devin Nunes sad face emoji.
According to web developer Matt Ortega, his attempt at signing up as Devin Nunes Cow got him banned from TRUTH Social. Wait, what?
Ortega showed the email banning his account to Business Insider and explained that after being put on a waitlist to get his account through (one of the many glitches that took place during the launch), he received news of his ban the following evening. "The next evening, I received the email notifying me of the ban. I was never able to log in, leading me to believe the account was banned simply for the username mocking the media company's CEO with a well-known meme." Maybe it is No. 23, “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.”
Business Insider did go through the TMTG’s Terms of Service to try and figure out why-oh-why this censorship was happening on a platform made out of American flags and freedom (and suckers’ money). Maybe it’s “17.) harass, annoy, intimidate, or threaten any of our employees or agents engaged in providing any portion of the Site to you.” Hard to say.
The background here is that in March 2019, Nunes decided that the best way to promote the GOP brand of the First Amendment was to sue a parody Twitter accounts Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ Cow. This made the Trump crime family’s choice of having Nunes become TMTG’s new CEO an extra perfect bit of comedy. Yes, the whole Grand Old Party is a joke, but the ramifications of their almost satire-proof fascism are a lot less funny.
And an update:
At the same time, right-wing anti-vaxxer and true wildman Stew Peters took time away from having guys on claiming to be magnetized by a COVID-19 vaccine and wondering out loud why people who aren’t getting vaccinated keep getting COVID-19 to be allowed to set up an account well before everyone else. And guess what? He says he’s getting censored!
According to Peters, he posted one of his deep thoughts and got stamped with a “Sensitive Content” label. What did he say? According to him, all he said was: “The people in our government responsible for allowing our kids to be killed with these dangerous COVID shots, should be put on trial and executed.” That’s a special kind of stupid. But as Peters lamented—and in my mind’s eye he sounds like a little child who has been up too late after a sugar bender—“Free speech isn’t free.”
Be still my laughing heart.