(PresidentialInsider.com)- Former President Donald Trump isn’t the only conservative looking to start his own social media platform. Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, is doing so as well.
This week, Lindell said his new social media site is already prepared for a huge influx of new users. The site is prepped to launch in the upcoming weeks.
On the “War Room Pandemic” podcast, hosted by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Lindell said of the site:
“It is going to be the most safest, securest and able to handle a hundred, two hundred, a billion people.”
Like many outspoken supporters of Trump, Lindell was banned from the mainstream social media platform Twitter in January. Twitter made that decision after they say he violated its misinformation policy multiple times when he spread conspiracy theories regarding election abuse.
But earlier in March, Lindell said he planned to launch a new social network dedicated to “free speech.” He described it as being a mix of what Twitter and YouTube offer.
As of now, the website for the platform, which is being referred to as Frank, is just a static page. On it is text that says the site will attract “major influencers” as well as “average Americans.”
The site will allow users to post information, articles and videos. It’s likely that Frank will have looser moderation guidelines than those at Twitter and Facebook.
The platform was originally going to be called Vocl, but Lindell changed his mind and confirmed that the site would instead be called Frank.
There is no definitive information yet on who else may be involved in this project, or how it is being funded.
Talking with Bannon on the podcast, Lindell said the site would be hosted on servers that they buy. This will be done so they don’t have to be subject to potential silencing from Big Tech companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon.
Parler, a social media platform popular with conservatives, was removed from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store before Amazon removed the site altogether from its web hosting service, Amazon Web Services. There’s no word yet whether Frank will have corresponding mobile apps on the two major mobile platforms.
As Lindell said about the Big Tech companies:
“None of these guys are going to be able to take this down. We’re going to all come over there. All the influencers … all these people that can’t say on their podcasts the word ‘Dominion,’ or they can’t say, ‘vaccine, a vaccine is bad for you.’
“They are going to be able to speak out and speak freely, and it’s going to be amazing. The voices of hundreds of millions of people are going to be heard.”
Lindell was referring to Twitter and Facebook’s policies of labeling posts as misleading or inaccurate if they go against what the CDC and other government sources say about COVID-19 and vaccines.
He was also referring to Dominion Voting Systems, a company that’s suing Lindell as part of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit.