What is GETTR? Trump's team launches social media app, Internet says 'GUTTR' suits better

The launch of GETTR is widely regarded as Donald Trump's latest attempt to get back on social media

                            What is GETTR? Trump's team launches social media app, Internet says 'GUTTR' suits better
According to reports, Donald Trump’s former spokesman Jason Miller is leading the site GETTR (GETTR/ Al Drago/Getty Images)

A new social media platform, GETTR, launched by former president Donald Trump’s team is creating a buzz on Twitter. Trump's team billed it as an alternative to the Big Five. The site is deemed familiar to Twitter.

According to reports, Trump’s former spokesman Jason Miller is leading the site. GETTR advertised its mission statement as "fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas". The launch of a new social media platform is widely regarded as Trump's latest attempt to get back on social media and be able to engage with his base online after being permanently banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook.


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Former US President Donald Trump (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The extent of Trump's involvement with the project is unclear at the moment. It is also not known whether he will set up an account on GETTR and use it. Although his proximity to Miller suggests he might use it to his advantage to get back in touch with his online base, reports say. Trump has been looking for alternative ways to get back in touch with his base online. His prior efforts to engage online, via the launch of a professional blog had a dreadful end amid widespread ridicule and poor readership.

What is GETTR?

GETTR is being dubbed as one of the highest-profile projects in a larger ecosystem of pro-MAGA tech and social media platforms. They are largely fueled by the ideology that Big Tech is attempting to silence conservative and pro-Trump ideology from being disseminated online. Recently, it was reported that Trump's team was looking for a platform to re-establish his online presence, either by buying a company and rebranding it as his exclusive platform or becoming a featured draw.

GETTR (Image credits: GETTR)

GETTR first went live on the Google and Apple app stores in mid-June and was most recently updated on Wednesday, June 30. It has been downloaded over one thousand times on each. A description for GETTR on the app stores claims that it's a "non-bias social network for people all over the world". The app is rated "M" meaning it is recommended for users 17 and older. The user interface of GETTR appears similar to that of Twitter. Initial promotional materials for GETTR on the app stores showed posts of users celebrating the House of Representatives no longer requiring masks on the floor of the chamber. Initial trending topics on the app displayed the hashtags “#trump,” “#virusorigin,” “#nra” and “#unrestrictedbioweapon”.

Only time will tell whether GETTR will succeed or not. The Trump team's last attempt to replicate his Twitter feed was a site called "From The Desk of Donald Trump". It was a blog that barely received any web traffic, and shut down less than a month later.

'They might as well have called it MOLESTR'

People swarmed Twitter with hilarious reactions to Trump launching 'an alternative for Twitter'. One user wrote, "Trump’s team, via Jason Miller, has launched a new social media platform, called GETTR, and is calling it a alternative site that promotes "common sense." (let me know when you stop laughing.) I will not link to it-that would only help promote it. Also, GET HER??? REALLY???" Another commented, "Serial sex predator Donald Trump releases GETTR app. He’s not even trying to hide it anymore." One tweet read, "#GETTR GETTR will be another failed Trump venture to pile on others including Trump University, Trump Steaks and Trump Shuttle on a long laundry list."

One person tweeted, "So two sexual predators, Donald Trump and @JasonMillerinDC launch a social platform and call it GETTR, "Get Her?" Sounds about right." Another tweet read, "GETTR? They may as well have named their ap MOLESTR." One user tweeted, "Instead of GETTR I personally think GUTTR would have been a better choice, you know with all the crap that's going to be flowing on that platform."