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Donald Trump is a blogger now

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 05 May 2021

<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/6091b8b5f22c6b00185dbd84-2400/GettyImages-1223057457.jpg" border="0" alt="Donald Trump on phone" data-mce-source="Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images" data-mce-caption="President Donald Trump."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Former presidents often start charities once they're out of the White House in order to keep themselves busy and find a sense of purpose. Donald Trump has started a personal post-presidential blog.&nbsp;</p><p>Months after getting banned from Twitter and Facebook for repeatedly disseminating lies about the 2020 election and inciting a riot at the Capitol, the former commander-in-chief on Tuesday unveiled a new website that will allow him to communicate directly with his supporters from one place: <a href="https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"From the Desk of Donald J. Trump."</a></p><p>Users can take the statements, images, or videos Trump posts to the websites and share them on Twitter and Facebook.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is just a one-way communication," a source familiar with the new platform (blog) <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-launches-new-communications-platform-months-after-twitter-facebook-ban">told Fox News</a>. "This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers."&nbsp;</p><p>The launch of the new blog/website came after reports that <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-return-to-social-media-doomed-to-fail-experts-2021-4">Trump was planning to launch his own social media platform</a>.</p><p>For years, Trump took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on just about every issue under the sunboth before and while he was president.</p><p>Trump's use of Twitter while in the White House was extremely controversial. His tweets had major consequencesthey moved markets, raised fears of nuclear war, and falsely convinced millions of Americans the 2020 election was stolen.</p><p>Trump largely used Twitter to attack opponents and critics, including world leaders and members of his own party. His behavior on social media raised new questions about whether tech companies should take more steps to police the language of world leaders, particularly those who spread false information with the capacity to stoke violence. Trump, among other leading right-wing figures, has frequently accused social media companies of harboring bias against conservatives.&nbsp;</p><p>Since he left the White House and lost his social media megaphone, Trump has frequently released public statements akin to his tweets as a means of getting around these bans. The new blog launched on Tuesday is another effort from the former president to circumvent the social media giants, and it gathers the statements in a single place.&nbsp;</p><p>Though Trump's ban from Twitter is permanent, his ban from Facebook was indefinite. Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday is poised to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-oversight-board-to-decide-on-trump-ban-on-wednesday-2021-5">announce a decision</a> on whether to reinstate Trump's account, which could have far-reaching implications either way.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-blogger-2021-5#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-do-your-own-taxes-for-the-very-first-time-2018-2">July 15 is Tax Dayhere's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time</a></p>
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