Donald Trump, Jr. Asks Elon Musk to Create New Social Media Platform Now That His Dad Is Banned from Twitter

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Following social media platforms — most notably, Twitter and Facebook — banning Trump from using them after the violence at the Capitol last week, Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., is asking Elon Musk to create a new platform.

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In a video posted on Instagram, Trump’s son asks Musk to “help save free speech,” saying that “if Elon Musk can privately send people into space I’m sure he can design a social network that isn’t biased. I think there’s a lot of Americans that would love that and support it wholeheartedly.”

Twitter, which shut down Trump’s 89-million-follower account permanently last week, saw its stock price drop by 12% on Monday, erasing $5 billion from its market capitalization.

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The social media platform explains its decision by citing concerns that the president would use it to further incite violence. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said.

Facebook also announced the ban on Thursday and saw its shares drop 4.5% on Monday, representing $33.6 billion being erased from the company’s market cap.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company believes “the risks of allowing President Trump to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great, so we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks.”

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.
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