I’ve seen a lot of dumb startup pitches in my day, but a Donald Trump-branded social media arrangement takes the stupid cake.

All I can figure is, we’re absolutely two months away from the FBI’s altogether and team Trump’s bent to get the old agency the perfect gift this year. Or maybe Trump just really likes losing money. 

For those out of the loop here’s a video of Trump’s agent discussing the matter yesterday:

Here’s the meat of Miller’s rambling:

I do think that we’re going to see Admiral Trump abiding to social media in apparently about two or three months here, with his own platform. And this is article that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media, it’s going to absolutely redefine the game, and everybody is going to be cat-and-mouse and watching to see what absolutely Admiral Trump does.

I candidly don’t think Trump’s stupid enough to launch his own social media arrangement (Miller prefaced things with “I do ”). I’m more absorbed to accept we’ll see Gab or Parler or article agnate relaunched with a Trump partnership.

But, I really hope Trump starts his own network. As a journalist, it’s always nice to say “I told you so.” And, as mentioned, the FBI would love it. I just don’t see how anyone with a basic compassionate of the tech market could imagine, even for a second, that this is a viable concept.

Here’s why:

  • If the arrangement was technically sound, innovative, and viable after Trump, you’d have to be an idiot to launch it with him. Trump automatically cuts your abeyant US user base in half, and it gets worse in markets alfresco the US.
  • A Trump social media arrangement has to be uncensored (or else, what’s the point?). But you can’t be both bearding and uncensored if you want to avoid being absolutely disrupted by trolls, bots, and bad actors.
  • If it doesn’t allow bearding signups, the FBI will park on it. And it’s safe to say a Trump arrangement won’t have the assets to fight off the US government like Apple does.
  • Without self-regulation, an online business is unsustainable due to the bound number of hosts accessible at the scale all-important to abutment enough users to accomplish a profit.
  • There aren’t enough hardcore bourgeois advertisers for a Trump-branded social media arrangement to accomplish under the acceptable ad-based social media paradigm.

The core botheration with a Trump arrangement is the same with any advertising-based endeavor: you get more flies with honey than you do by trying to argue people the US government has been baffled by a cabal adjoin you.

It might sound like I’m trying to make a joke here, but I’m not. That’s the problem. Trump’s brand is built on acceptable people he’s the rightfully-elected admiral of the United States after any affirmation to abutment that claim. The number of advertisers accommodating to pay money to abutment that idea is bound to be slim.

The only upside here is that Trump’s really accepted and people love to see what he’ll do next. The downside is that, at any moment, he could be associated with addition agitated coup attempt. Even if only indirectly, until he recognizes the complete angary of the accepted US government, he’s going to be inseparable from acts of abandon committed in his name by those who accept his bottomless lies.

And as long as that’s the case, his social media arrangement won’t be able to exist on acceptable announcement revenue.

Sure, there are other ways to fund a social media company. Trump could tap big-time bourgeois investors or come up with a subscription-based model. But none of those are acceptable beyond a few months.

Social media companies need massive user bases in order to be profitable. And if you’re already attached your admirers to people who don’t find Trump distasteful, it’s kind of silly to then added limit it to people accommodating to pay for social media.

Trump may have bourgeois abutment at the upper echelons, but his core supporters are the blue collar people who donate to his political causes. Like tithing at church, these supporters may not give in large amounts but they give often. And, also like tithing at church, the accord absolutely changes when there’s a cover charge to get in.

You can’t keep a social media arrangement active on VC advance alone, so after announcement bucks or a massive subscriber base, the network’s already doomed. Plus, it’ll have bigger problems than just acceptable donors or users to shell out for the advantage of acknowledging Trump:

But let’s put on our acuteness hats and our clown noses and pretend like a Trump-backed social media arrangement could accomplish a profit. The next problem: Trump’s brand is anti-censorship.

Unfortunately for team Trump, the absoluteness of operating a social media arrangement is that you have two choices: either ban people from agreeable “fire” in a awash amphitheater or live with a archetype where a large allotment of users are only there to yell “fire” in awash theaters.

If you don’t have rules adjoin harassment, you’ll have annihilation but harassment. That’s just internet 101. You can’t stop people from arguing. And, unless you ban liberals or censor anti-conservative rhetoric, you’re going to have a belvedere that’s inundated with people who oppose Trump, his views, and his supporters.

The addition is a censored arrangement accustomed by Donald Trump – which would be hilarious, really. Especially since conservatives are belled for not compassionate what the right to Free Speech is. 


So, uncensored? Team Trump will have to do what no other belvedere has managed: find a aggregation accommodating to host an uncensored social media network. Which apparently won’t happen, at least not in the US.

It’ll have to at least have some rules that, for example, anticipate the address of minors, the advance of violence, and the sale of actionable weapons and drugs. And, as Parler found out the hard way, even if you have behavior adjoin actionable activities and the advance of violence, you have to authenticate you’re able of administration it bound when users breach your terms.

Trump’s going to need one hell of an AI team to create some able agreeable balance algorithms. It’s one thing to brand your arrangement conservative, it’s addition to accessory it anon with the face of the right wing conspiracy-theorist movement. That’s quite a target for bad actors.

In order for the Trump-backed arrangement to do the bare minimum to obtain abiding hosting, it’ll end up being just as “censored” as Cheep and Facebook.

And we haven’t even gotten to what happens when the US government gives the Trump arrangement the same analysis it’s given Apple for years. When every court with a hate crime in its commune in the entire country starts subpoenaing the network’s entire database of user records, team Trump better be ready for a amaranthine fight adjoin law enforcement.

But, hey, don’t let me talk anyone out of signing up. It might sound like a bad idea on paper, but when you look at it from the FBI’s point of view: what could possibly be better than a social media arrangement that aims to gather millions of anti-government cabal theorists in a single website?

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