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Trump fans flock to Rumble as ex-president joins video platform and plots social media return

DONALD Trump fans have flocked to Rumble after the former president joined the video sharing site over the weekend.

Trump live streamed his Ohio rally on the platform on Saturday following his ban from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The former president's spokeswoman Liz Harrington said: "It is a great way to reach the American people in a time of unprecedented assault on free speech in our country by Big Tech tyrants."

Harrington confirmed Trump joining Rumble was in addition to starting his own platform. More than 340,000 of his supporters subscribe to his channel as of Monday afternoon; more than 800,000 people had watched the rally.

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, suspended by Facebook until at least 2023. He is also banned from YouTube until further notice.

That came after the president's rhetoric was widely blamed for the Capitol riot on January 6. Trump was impeached for the second time on charges relating to the violence but was cleared.

The Republican's team had started a blog called "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" in May but announced a month later that had already been closed down.

Rumble is popular with conservative supporters. Its CEO confirmed the account was verified.

Trump advisor Dan Scavino tweeted: "We have some great news! Head on over to @RumbleVideo and subscribe to 45’s new page — where he will be LIVE at 7:00pmE tonight in Wellington, Ohio!"

Trump did not join right leaning Gab or Parler following his ban from other sites. CNN reported his son-in-law Jared Kushner advised against signing up with Gab

Its CEO Andrew Torba said: "On the day President Trump joined Rumble they changed their terms of service to ban 'hate speech' with an explicit ban on 'anti-Semitic' messages, also known as any and all criticism of Israel and/or Jewish people."

Torba added: "No mention of banning Anti-White hatred, which is still allowed. According to WayBackMachine a few days prior their terms did not include these things. Check it for yourself."

Parler founder John Matze said: "I wonder how much equity or money Rumble had to give… The same rumble that runs entirely on Google ads. Google analytics, etc… IE big tech."

Earlier this month Trump praised Nigeria for banning Twitter in the country and expressed remorse for not thinking of doing the same – but said he'll get another chance in a potential 2024 run.

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