This is starting to get comical. Look for this to blow up sky high and fast. Devin Nunes has been very vocal about how well Truth Social is doing. You would never know that it was cratering, to hear him tell it. Nunes’ disinformation campaign hit a peak recently when he announced that “Twitter is like a ghost town,” and that inspired this Lincoln Project :30 piece, which captures the flavor of this whole mad scheme of Nunes.
❌ Trump University
❌ Trump Airlines
❌ Trump Casinos
❌ Trump Vodka
❌ Trump Magazine
⌛ Truth Social pic.twitter.com/jofp3QMRP1
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 8, 2022
Okay, that sets the stage. Now here’s where it gets absurd.
That’s plain as day. Except that it’s fake, according to Fox News. Axios:
Just days after a verified account for Fox News appeared on former President Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, a Fox News spokesperson says the network has nothing to do with the account.
Why it matters: Investors clearly would have viewed Fox News’ participation as a boon for the struggling app.
Shares of the blank-check company taking Truth Social public spiked on Tuesday afternoon, after an Axios reporter tweeted about the mere existence of the verified account.
That tweet, which has since been deleted, was prompted not only by the verification symbol on a Truth Social account bearing Fox News’ name and logo, but also by a message from Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes that read: “Great to have RSS feed for @FoxNews now LIVE here on TRUTH! This adds to @OAN and @NewsMax.”
But the Fox News spokesperson tells Axios, “We are not on Truth Social.”
Very interesting stuff. Mediate:
It’s been about 8 weeks since the platform went public (with a hugely disjointed launch), and in the weeks that followed, Truth Social has seen significant staff exits, security concerns, long sign-up waitlists, and multiple indications that the app is not seeing a whole lot of usage.
All of that, and Twitter is still at the social media forefront because of the ongoing saga between them and their new top shareholder: Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Axios noted that before Fox News appeared, a number of prominent media and sports brands were spotted on Truth Social. These accounts aren’t verified though, and they feature disclaimers clarifying that they are “an RSS feed aggregating bot, and is not managed by or affiliated with the referenced news outlet.”
The Fox News account lacks this “BOT” disclaimer, and Axios noted that Truth Social’s shares saw a bump this week after one of their reporters sent out a now-deleted tweet flagging the verified account’s existence.
At the time of publication of the Mediaite piece, Devin Nunes had not responded to their query about Fox News. That raises some possibilities:
- Fox News was asked to go on Truth Social and declined;
- Nunes decided that he would ignore that they declined;
If it’s number one, then that’s not exactly supportive of Trump, now is it? If it’s number two, then that’s pretty desperate, right?