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Will Trump return to social networks with his own platform?

The former US president, Donald Trump, was kicked off social media after he was deemed to have breached their policies after the Capitol attack on 6 January.

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Will Trump return to social networks with his own platform?
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The attack on the United States Capitol building by supporters of then US President Donald Trump, resulted in his suspension from Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. This came after many months of warnings being included with the former leader's posts due to their inflammatory nature or trustworthiness.

But now, it appears, plans are afoot for Trump to launch his own social media platform, potentially within two to three months, as one of his senior advisers told Fox News on Sunday.

Trump to return to social media?

Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump's 2020 campaign, told the network that Trump would re-enter the social media space with a new platform of his own that would "completely redefine the game."

“The fact the president’s been off of social media for a while because his press releases, his statements have actually been getting almost more play than he ever did on Twitter before,” Miller said.

“I’m not sure if that’s because the length of them are a bit longer. [We] even had one reporter say that she thought it was much more elegant, the way that the president was able to communicate his thoughts and very much looked more presidential in that longer form.

"It’s going to completely redefine the game"

Jason Miller

“But I do think that we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform,” he continued.

“And this is something that I think will be the the hottest ticket in social media. It’s going to completely redefine the game and everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what exactly President Trump does. But it will be his own platform.”

Miller said Trump has had “a lot of high-powered meetings” at Mar-a-Lago with “numerous companies” about creating a platform that he hopes will bring in “tens of millions of people.”

Miller provided no further details, and no comment was immediately available from officials with the Trump Organization.

Twitter last week said it would seek public input on when and how it should ban world leaders, saying it was reviewing policy and considering whether the leaders should be held to the same rules as other users.

Twitter, Facebook and others have been under scrutiny for the way they handle accounts of politicians and government officials after their ban of Trump for inciting violence.

Facebook, which indefinitely suspended Trump in January, has asked its independent oversight board to decide whether the ban should stand.