'You can't make this stuff up': Reaction to Trump's Truth Social is mixed

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Former President Donald Trump Wednesday said he would launch a new social media platform after being shut out of major sites like Facebook and Twitter, but the announcement itself was short on specifics and did little to explain what users might or might not expect.

Trump in the past has announced upcoming events or ventures that have not materialized, such as often-promised plans while in office for a health care overhaul.

The former president's announcement also lacked details on how exactly he was involved, whether as a licensing deal as with many of his real estate ventures or any further work.

In a statement, Trump said he was excited " to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon" and that the app "would stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech."

The app will have a soft launch next month with "invited guests."

The reaction to his announcement has been mixed.

"TRUTH Social is going to Make Social Media Great Again!," user @LangmanVince tweeted.

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Some social media users didn't share the same excitement for the app and its planned rollout in the first quarter of 2022.

"Starting a rival social media company called TRUTH Social to stick it to Big Tech, by selling it on the Apple store, is like trying to stop election interference, by physically going to the Capitol to stop a fair and free election," Film Director Jeremy Newberger tweeted.

Here are some reactions to the former president's latest venture:

Contributing: Jeanine Santucci

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

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