New Twitter owner Elon Musk offers some free advice to former President Donald Trump The fledgling “Truth Social” app — quipped on Wednesday that the rival social media service should consider a name change.
The heaviest mask on the Trump-backed app brand came just two days after it reached an agreement with Twitter’s board to buy The company is worth $44 billion.
“Truth Social exists because Twitter censors freedom of expression,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “We should call it a trumpet instead!”
Hours before tweeting his recommended name change, Musk noted that Truth Social was ahead of both Twitter and TikTok in the list of the most downloaded free apps in the Apple App Store.
The Twitter purchase deal ostensibly puts Musk in direct competition with the Trump platform, which has positioned itself as an alternative to social media and a haven for Conservatives who faced censorship On platforms controlled by major tech companies.
The deal also sparked speculation that he may decide to reinstate Trump’s account once he formally takes control of the company. Trump had nearly 90 million followers before he was permanently banned from Twitter and other social media platforms after his supporters participated in the riots at the Capitol on January 6.
The former president has already announced that he does not intend to return to Twitter until after Musk completes his takeover — he told Fox News that Musk would “make improvements” at the company but preferred to “stay with the truth”.
Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera suggested Tuesday night that Trump’s post would make Twitter a more attractive investment for Musk.
“If Donald Trump insists he won’t be on Twitter, and chooses to be on Truth, then Elon Musk will be overpaying for Twitter,” Rivera said. “Because Twitter with Trump is a much weirder product, it seems to me, than the other way around.”
Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp. , which is linked to Trump SPAC publishing the Truth Social if it can get regulatory approval, was initially indulged in news of Musk’s entry on social media. But the stock rebounded on Wednesday, up more than 11%.
Stll, the stock is down more than 20% since April 4, when Musk first revealed he had acquired a 9% stake in Twitter. Truth Social has faced technical issues since its launch on the App Store in February, with some users unable to access the app or stuck in a long waiting list.
Trump, the most prominent user of the app, Barely posted it.