The social network Gettr, launched on July 4 — US Independence Day — by a former Trump adviser, attracted Bolsonaro allies in Congress as well as supporters. The platform comes amid the banning of the former US president on social media such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Gettr suffers hacker attack on opening day
On Sunday (4), at its launch, Gettr faced a hacker attack that hit the main accounts of Republicans on the site, such as that of the founder and former adviser to Trump, businessman Jason Miller. The hacker, who identified himself only as @JubaBaghdad, wrote in the profile description “@JubaBaghdad was here 🙂 ^^ free Palestine ^^”. Another of Trump’s first-time ally and former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also had his account changed.
Miller sent an email to The Verge and said the hacker didn’t get data, just changed the names of some users. Trump’s former advisor claims that Gettr already has more than half a million registered users. The platform will have features similar to Twitter, with a few changes: 777-character posts, three-minute videos and live streaming.
Gettr’s app is now available on the App Store and Play Store — at the time this article was published, it was the most downloaded social network in Brazil on the Apple virtual store. The slogan “A Marketplace of Ideas” (“a marketplace of ideas”, in free translation), mainly invites users who suspect other platforms to censor conservative content and have guidelines that identify them as “left-wing”.
Jair Bolsonaro’s children and ally already have a Gettr profile
Pocket blogger Allan dos Santos, investigated by the Federal Police in the investigation of a cyber criminal network to publish disinformation, celebrated the inauguration of the platform and has already opened his account.
It’s not Trump’s SOCIAL NETWORK as some are saying, but it’s very good: https://t.co/Qrjp2GbEDF
— Allan Dos Santos (@allanldsantos) July 4, 2021
The new social network also has the presence of politicians from the “lower clergy” of the Esplanade, but faithful allies of Bolsonaro, such as federal deputies Paulo Martins (PSC-PR), Carlos Jordy (PSL-RJ) and Daniel Freitas (PSL- SC).
Today, July 4th, the GETTR platform was launched, which promises to respect freedom of expression. Download the app and follow me there.https://t.co/rhuGTFCuib pic.twitter.com/PLxzJEoyUS
— Paulo Eduardo Martins (@PauloMartins10) July 5, 2021
Jair Bolsonaro entered the platform with an account that appears to be official, but has just over 25,000 followers. Trump, for now, is not at Gettr; according to Bloomberg, he has no plans to create his own account on the network, but has promised to return to social networks with the creation of his own platform.
For now, Gettr does not offer Portuguese translation of pages, and the social network’s trending topics — another Twitter-like function — are all defined by the most searched terms in the US. This Monday (5), for example, is in high demand the Trump rally in Sarasota, Florida, where the Republican once again defended that there was fraud in the elections won by Democrat and current President Joe Biden.
With information: The Verge.