After months of anticipation, President Donald Trump launched a new communications platform Tuesday, which will provide users a “place to speak freely and safely.”
In response to a Big Tech conglomerate-wide ban, the platform – dubbed “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” – will give him a method of direct communication with his followers and allow him to post comments, images and videos.
“In a time of silence and lies,” a video Trump posted to the platform Tuesday night says, per Fox News. The video then plays a series of news reports about his ban from Twitter.
“A beacon of freedom arises. A place to speak freely and safely,” the video continues. “Straight from the desk of Donald J. Trump.”
While it allows followers to share Trump’s posts to Facebook and Twitter, it doesn’t allow them to engage with his posts.
“This is just a one-way communication,” one source familiar with the platform said. “This system allows Trump to communicate with his followers.”
The new platform came a day before Facebook’s Oversight Board announced its decision to indefinitely ban Trump from Facebook and Instagram.