22 votes

Trump blog page shuts down for good

11 comments

  1. [8]
    dubteedub
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    Just an interesting update to this previous post from shortly after the blog's launch less than a month ago Trump's blog isn't lighting up the internet It is very funny to me how quickly Trump has...

    Just an interesting update to this previous post from shortly after the blog's launch less than a month ago

    It is very funny to me how quickly Trump has faded from the national media conversation. While he certainly still has a large presence in the minds of many hardcore supporters and GOP politicians, he is just not getting any national attention and is being deprived of that oxygen that he so desperately craves.

    I know that Trump is still absolutely a dangerous authoritarian that is working to goad his most ardent supporters to violence and insurrection, but it seems that he is increasingly viewed as irrelevant by everyone that does not fit that category. It is almost like the principles of Trumpism has exceeded the limits of the figurehead and is now just being incorporated in the Republican zeitgeist whether or not he is in power, in the media, or in line at his country club buffet.

    17 votes
    1. [2]
      shiruken
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      Deplatforming works! Now if it would only work on Trumpism itself.

      he is just not getting any national attention and is being deprived of that oxygen that he so desperately craves.

      Deplatforming works! Now if it would only work on Trumpism itself.

      14 votes
      1. bub
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        Taking their Facebook away would do a world of good. They wouldn't know where else to go to get that much attention.

        Taking their Facebook away would do a world of good. They wouldn't know where else to go to get that much attention.

        3 votes
    2. [5]
      KapteinB
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      Does that include Fox News? Or does he still call in to their shows and rant incoherently for half an hour while the hosts sit awkwardly and wish they were somewhere else?

      he is just not getting any national attention

      Does that include Fox News? Or does he still call in to their shows and rant incoherently for half an hour while the hosts sit awkwardly and wish they were somewhere else?

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        NaraVara
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        Fox partly turned on him after Jan 6 (but only partly). His most hardcore toadies are on Newsmax and OANN now, and those latter two are kind of fighting each other to capture the niche. Another...

        Fox partly turned on him after Jan 6 (but only partly). His most hardcore toadies are on Newsmax and OANN now, and those latter two are kind of fighting each other to capture the niche.

        Another thing I haven't really heard about for a few years now is Breitbart. I'm sure it's still around but it just doesn't seem to going viral the way it used to. I'm not even entirely sure the effect is all just due to deplatforming. I honestly think all these guys had managed to game out recommendation algos to drive traffic and once Facebook updated its recommendations system they literally had nothing to work with. It's amazing how much garbage they let fly for so long. Anti-vaxx shit has started to subside too. All this shit used to get pushed out into my feed on occasion but I haven't seen hide nor hair of it, even during the peak of election hysteria.

        9 votes
        1. Tlon_Uqbar
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          Breitbart lost something like 90% of its advertisers after a boycott sometime soon after the 2016 election. They didn't have the money anymore to keep up with the algo changes. I used to work for...

          Breitbart lost something like 90% of its advertisers after a boycott sometime soon after the 2016 election. They didn't have the money anymore to keep up with the algo changes.

          I used to work for a clickbait website. It takes resources to keep up with the social algorithm cat-and-mouse game, but it's definitely possible to pivot and stay afloat. What I mean to say is, a driven bad actor (or actors) could likely still game the feeds as well as the "fake news" tsunami in 2015-16, despite the small efforts Facebook and Twitter have made.

          11 votes
        2. cloud_loud
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          I wonder what would have happened if Facebook had implemented this back in 2015.

          I wonder what would have happened if Facebook had implemented this back in 2015.

          6 votes
      2. dubteedub
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        He may have had a couple of softball segments on Fox News or Newsmax since this year, but it has been very few and far between from what I understand. He has not had a single public rally since...

        He may have had a couple of softball segments on Fox News or Newsmax since this year, but it has been very few and far between from what I understand. He has not had a single public rally since the January 6 insurrection. Other than his one speech at CPAC, most of his public appearances have just been standing on the steps of the Mar-a-Lago ranting to a few dozen individuals at his country club at most.

        5 votes
  2. [2]
    anothersimulacrum
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    It's not just shutting down for no reason - I wonder where he's headed next.

    But asked online later Wednesday whether the move was a “precursor” to the former president joining “another social media platform,” Miller replied: “Yes, actually, it is. Stay tuned!”

    It's not just shutting down for no reason - I wonder where he's headed next.

    2 votes
    1. psi
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      On the other hand [1, 2] (emphasis added), Of course his PR person is trying to spin it positively, but nobody builds a blogging platform with the plan to abandon it within a month. I think the...

      On the other hand [1, 2] (emphasis added),

      Trump rolled out the blog last month after being absent from social media since January, but his effort to regain some of the attention he received with his headline-grabbing tweets largely failed. An adviser told The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey that the former president wanted to open a new “platform” and didn’t like that this platform was being mocked and had so few readers. The individual spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly about Trump’s plans.

      Of course his PR person is trying to spin it positively, but nobody builds a blogging platform with the plan to abandon it within a month. I think the reason is pretty straightforward -- Trump, (rightly) perceived as an angry old man yelling at clouds, was frustrated that nobody cared about his blog.


      [1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/02/joe-biden-live-updates/#link-5FSD6UI6QJCHBGDEEJURO7ZMTQ
      [2] https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/06/donald-trump-blog-shuttered

      6 votes