Trump shuts down short-lived blog section of his website

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2021

But the site rarely gained much viewership: Trump's entire website, including his blog, merchandise store and donation page, saw roughly 4 million visits in the week ending May 18 from desktop and mobile devices in the United States - roughly half of the week's traffic for the right-wing websites Newsmax and the Gateway Pundit, according to an analysis by the online-analytics firm Similarweb, which tracks and estimates traffic and referrals for millions of websites.

Former US President Donald Trump's blog page, launched last month in the wake of major social media platforms banning him, has been removed from his website. The site allowed Trump to post tweet-like messages with signature random use of capital letters, and for his followers to then share these on their own social media - but it didn't allow for any sort of reply interface.

Trump aide Jason Miller on Wednesday said that the page, which had been called "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump", would not be returning.

When the blog was launched, Miller said it was a "great" way to find Trump's "statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform".

The "Desk" blog was unveiled several weeks ago by Miller as a "communications platform", not a new social media website. "We'll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future". However, sources told the New York Post that the account was not set up by anyone close to Trump or Trump himself.

Trump once drew tens of millions of social media followers, with multiple pronouncements nearly daily when he was president.

Trump himself tried to downplay the role of the blog. Trump's accounts-which had tens of millions of followers-on Facebook, Twitter, and other Big Tech sites were suspended after the January 6 Capitol incident.

"This is meant to be a temporary way of getting my thoughts and ideas out to the public without the Fake News spin, but the website is not a platform", he said.

Facebook Inc's independent oversight board determined that the company was correct to suspend Mr Trump but criticised it for the ban's indefinite nature. But Miller also acknowledged it was "not a new social media platform".

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