Trump’s web hosting company for TruthSocial says it expects platform to reach 75 million users

  • RightForge, an internet infrastructure company, said it will host Trump’s social media network TruthSocial, according to a Axios report.
  • The company is preparing for TruthSocial to reach 75 million users, said CEO Martín Avila.
  • Avila has argued for a “second Internet” as an alternative to what he calls the “runaway power” of Big Tech.

Internet infrastructure company RightForge will host former President Donald Trump’s new social media network, TruthSocial, the company said on Monday.

Martín Avila, CEO of RightForge, said the web hosting company is “laying the groundwork” for TruthSocial to reach 75 million users, Axios reported.

On its website, Right Forge says it is a company committed “to American principles online” and “the absence of Big Tech.”

Avila said RightForge created their network this year in response to Trump’s ban by major social media apps and after Amazon fired Talking right-wing social media network from its web servers, according to Axios.

Trump’s team approached RightForge over the summer, Avila said. He has made his position clear on the former president’s access to social media.

“If you think the president should be misrepresented, we think you’re not really interested in living in a free country,” Avila told Axios. “And that’s really our goal, is to make sure America stays true to its core ideas and that the market for ideas stays open.”

The CEO previously stressed the need for a “second Internet” to serve Americans, saying Big Tech’s control over online platforms is “antithetical to freedom and human flourishing” in a February opinion piece on Newsweek.

He cited Trump’s ban on social media as a key example.

“In the past six months alone, Big Tech has censored newspapers, distorted Speak, and blocked the President of the United States from communicating with the American people and the world,” Avila wrote. “These moves expose his unchecked power and how far he is willing to go to purge the opposition.”

Facebook suspends Trump for two years and Twitter suspended him indefinitely, with both companies claiming he used their platforms to incite violence during the capture of the Capitol on January 6.

Last week, Trump announced his intention to launch TruthSocial in 2022 as an alternative network to “oppose the tyranny of Big Tech”.

RightForge and Trump’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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