Trump’s new social media network inviting influencers to join

In an email to several influencers, a representative from Trump's newest app asked them to “reserve” their “preferred username" ahead of their imminent launch.

Rapper Kanye West shows a photo on his mobile phone to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington, US, October 11, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE)
Rapper Kanye West shows a photo on his mobile phone to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a meeting with US President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform at the White House in Washington, US, October 11, 2018.
(photo credit: REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE)

Truth Social – former US President Donald Trump’s newest social media platform – has begun reaching out to influencers via email and inviting them to “reserve their spots” on the app, according to Axios.

In an email to several influencers obtained by the American news website, a representative from Truth Social’s VIP department named “Ana” asks the influencers to “reserve” their “preferred username for when we launch in late February/early March.” The email, signed by “Ana” (who has no listed surname in the email), does not mention Trump’s name or affiliation and lists a dead phone number with an area code from Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump currently resides.

Not much is known about the former president’s new company, although a Special Purpose Acquisition Company named Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) was publicly listed in October and has subsequently fluctuated between highs of over $94 and lows of roughly $43.

Among the influencers emailed were several left-leaning online personalities who have previously produced content critical of the former president, such as food-based blogger and internet personality Jeremy Jacobowitz and Brooklyn-based food and travel writer Gillie Houston, the latter of whom told Axios she doesn't intend to respond to the email.

 THEN-US PRESIDENT Donald Trump winks at then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year.  (credit: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS) THEN-US PRESIDENT Donald Trump winks at then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year. (credit: BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)

Truth Social will join Parler and former Trump aide Jason Miller's new social app Gettr as new conservative media apps, which were founded as a response to what American conservatives and Trump supporters see as politically-motivated censorship and content moderation on popular social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter. Parler, perhaps the earliest politically-conservative social media app, was banned from Google and Apple app stores in January 2021. 

Former Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who is the inaugural CEO of Truth Social, told Fox Business last weekend that the company is looking for partners that "will ensure, to the best of our ability, that once we do go live, will have a safe place that Big Tech cannot cancel."