New pro-Donald Trump social media website Gettr has registered more than 1 million users in the first three days since it went live, according to its CEO.
Gettr positions itself as being a platform to “express yourself freely” and claims it will not stifle free speech, an accusation it has hurled at other social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter.
CEO Jason Miller, previously a senior adviser to Trump, made the claim that more than a million users have already signed up in a statement in which he also defended Trump’s big tech lawsuit. The legal action focuses on allegations that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have censored the former president and other conservatives.
His statement read: “President Trump has struck a blow for the freedom of expression ingrained in our Constitution and against the unrestrained power of the Silicon Valley social media oligarchs who regularly suppress 1st Amendment-protected speech.
“Trump correctly likened the theft of freedom of speech to ‘leading lambs to their slaughter’; and is taking on the powerful, leftist Big Tech moguls.”
Miller added: “Censorship, blacklisting and outright cancellation are commonplace on giant social media platforms and often are aimed at everyday citizens doing nothing more than exercising their God-given right to express themselves.
“This is exactly why we founded Gettr, and exactly why we have seen astounding growth – over one million registered users – just three days after our official launch. There is a hunger for a ‘cancel free’ social media platform, not just in the United States, but in nations across the globe.”
A force to Be Reckoned With
“Gettr is stepping into that role and is already a force to be reckoned with.”
Despite the fanfare over Gettr’s launch in conservative circles, the platform faced several issues shortly after it went live.
The platform was marred by users uploading pornographic images and GIFs after Gettr uploaded its first welcome message. Many users spammed the post with graphic hentai (Japanese porn cartoons) and images of Hillary Clinton’s face photoshopped onto a naked woman’s body, according to Mother Jones.
Gettr also became the target of hackers, who reportedly obtained the email addresses and information of at least 90,000 users, while fake accounts have also become an issue. One that impersonated Donald Trump gained 23,400 followers.
The account, which promised “uncensored posts” attracted thousands of likes and shares before it was suspended from the website.
Gettr doesn’t allow users to register as other people unless the account is run by their social media team or another authorized person. It also reserves the right to remove an account “for any reason.”
Following the hacks and trolling, Miller said the issues were quickly fixed and that Gettr was “shaking things up.”
He added: ” You know you’re shaking things up when they come after you. The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names,”
Newsweek has contacted Miller for comment.