Former President Donald Trump has secured agreements from investors for $1 billion as he works to establish a social media platform to rival the Big Tech companies that deplatformed him.
Trump announced Saturday that the pledges from unnamed investors will turn into investments once Digital World Acquisition Corp., a blank-check firm, and the social media group known as Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. are combined.
The group plans to debut a platform called TRUTH Social in 2022.
“$1 billion sends an important message to Big Tech that censorship and political discrimination must end,” Trump, the chairman of the group, said in a statement.
“Our focus on delivering public shareholder value drives our decision-making and by accepting these commitments for a strategic infusion of growth capital, we believe the combined company can grow on an incredibly strong foundation,” Patrick Orlando, chairman of Digital World, added.
The investors were described as “a diverse group” but no names were released.
The capital is expected to be used to hire top talent, for advertising campaigns, and to help develop the business.
Trump has refrained from using social media since he was booted from Twitter, Facebook, and other large platforms before he left office in January.
Executives at the companies accused Trump of violating their terms of service with some of his posts and suspended or banned him following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. They accused him of encouraging violence with statements issued after the breach; but Trump disagreed, as his last Facebook post was calling for peace.
Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. is aimed at becoming “a media powerhouse to rival the liberal media consortium and fight back against the ‘Big Tech’ companies of Silicon Valley,” a company presentation says.
“If Big Tech can censor the president of the United States, they can censor anyone,” it added later.
The group also plans to launch a digital streaming service, a news service, and other services.
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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