One of the more crushing blows dealt to Donald Trump to date is the banning of his Twitter and Facebook pages over his role in the January 6th insurrection. The loss of these massive digital platforms has substantially curtailed his ability to communicate with his followers, forcing him to rely on intermediaries to release his increasingly unhinged statements. It’s a state of affairs that Trump clearly resents, as evinced by his decision to launch his own social media platform ironically called “Truth Social.”
Presumably, Trump intends for this new website to serve as an online breeding ground for the kind of racism, ignorance, and toxic misinformation that has become his stock-in-trade. Unfortunately for the disgraced former president, things are already off to a rocky start on Truth Social.
Well-intentioned trolls have reportedly already gotten their hands on a test version of the website, nabbing the “donaldjtrump” username and using it to post a photograph of pig testicles covered in feces — an image frequently used by online leftists to mock right-wingers. The lax security protocols also allowed a reporter for The Washington Post to register the username “mikepence.” Hilariously, the website’s terms of service mirror Trump’s infamously thin-skinned ego and bar users from doing anything to “disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.”
The Daily Dot compiled some of the funniest posts to pop up on the website before it went down. In response to the brutal trolling efforts, Trump’s webmasters pulled the site offline and blocked new accounts from registering.
It remains to be seen if the official launch will fare any better, but early signs clearly indicate that Trump and his cronies are ill-equipped to launch a successful social media platform. With so many other, far more competently designed websites to choose from, the only people likely to flock to Truth Social are those of the MAGA persuasion and what normal person wants to interact with those idiots?
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.