November 28, 2022

CAN HE STOP HIMSELF? The TRAP Trump faces the minute he makes a Twitter post

CAN HE STOP HIMSELF? The TRAP Trump faces the minute he makes a Twitter post

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The Twitter reinstatement of Donald Trump could lead the former president into temptation — and lawsuits. In fact, his own business partners could be his worst enemy (aside from his lack of self-control) if he decides to tweet again.

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Donald Trump has said he won’t return to Twitter, but Elon Musk, determined to keep his newly-obtained platform controversial, has restored the former president’s account anyway. He’s been posting memes that confess his efforts to “tempt” Trump back into an active presence on the social site.

Trump may be tempted, but to return to his former favorite venting space would risk appearing as an admission that his own social media safe space is inferior. That’s not all — it could open him up to lawsuits.

Trump’s contract with investors in his site sets limits on how much he can post on other social media. While he’s not completely forbidden to do so, he has to post on TruthSocial first and then wait a period of time before posting anywhere else — thanks to a merger agreement with a special acquisition company.

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From an SEC filing document shared by Politics Video Channel:

“President Trump is generally obligated to make any social media post on TruthSocial and may not make the same post on another social media site for 6 hours. Thereafter, he is free to post on any site to which he has access. Thus, TMTG has limited time to benefit from his posts and followers may not find it compelling to use TruthSocial to read his posts that quickly. In addition, he may make a post from a personal account related to political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts on any social media site at any time.”

Of course, as an official candidate, Trump has a little more wiggle room to claim messages fall under that “political messaging” exception. Still, it creates a barrier to his pattern of spontaneous rage-posting.

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Forbes shared further information about this filing earlier this year, noting that it came only after Musk floated the possibility of lifting Trump’s Twitter ban and that the filing is a step in an attempt to take the company public.

Access to Trump is one of the primary draws for his site, along with a lack of some of the rules and standards on other sites. If he’s equally accessible on more-populated and less-glitchy sites, investors could find Truth Social losing value quickly.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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