A new conservative social media website has reserved a handle exclusively for Donald Trump after a fake account with tens of thousands of followers was banned from the platform.
Gettr CEO Jason Miller, previously a senior adviser to Trump, confirmed the handle was now “in the safe” and reserved exclusively for the former president.
Sharing an article about the reservation by the right-wing publication the Washington Examiner. Miller said: “True story! We've protected the handle, and only President Trump can activate it.”
Miller's statement comes after Gettr banned an account impersonating Trump that had managed to gain 23,400 followers before it was taken down.
The account had promised “uncensored posts” and attracted thousands of likes and shares before it was ultimately suspended.
Gettr does not allow users to register as other people unless the account is run by their social media team or another authorized person. It also reserves the right to remove and account “for any reason.”
The Trump imposter was one of several fake accounts that had appeared on Gettr and was among the several issues that plagued the social media website after it went live.
Gettr had been marred by users sharing pornographic images and GIFs after Gettr uploaded its first welcome message.
There were many users who spammed the welcome post itself with graphic hentai and images of Hilary Clinton's face photoshopped onto a naked woman's body, according to Mother Jones.
Following the mass trolling, Miller said Gettr had fixed several issues and that the platform had been “shaking things up.”
He added: “You know you're shaking things up when they come after you. The problem was detected and sealed in a matter of minutes, and all the intruder was able to accomplish was to change a few user names.”
The Twitter-style service launched earlier this month and had been touted as an anti-censorship platform for conservative voices and reportedly gained more than 1 million followers shortly after going live.
It was set up some right-wing and conservative figures were purged by big tech companies over their content.
Trump has attempted a fightback and has since launched a lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the platform had violated his and other users' First Amendment rights by censoring content and indefinitely suspending his account.
Newsweek has contacted Gettr for comment.
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