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Famous podcast host joins Twitter alternative to seek speech freedom

Joe Rogan, a podcast host and a popular MMA commentator has joined GETTR, a conservative-targetted alternative to Twitter which offers a wider scope of freedom of expression and more loose community standards.

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“Just in case sh*t over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well. Rejoice!,” Mr Rogan wrote in his first post on the new platform, scooping some 70,000 likes since Sunday evening.

The host of the popular Joe Rogan Experience Youtube channel also encouraged his 7.8 million Twitter followers to join him on GETTR, which, according to the founder Jason Miller, has brought his platform more than 171,000 new users since then.

The event which most likely prompted Joe Rogan to switch to, ironically, a more liberal medium, was the banning of the account of a vaccine-critical doctor, Robert Malone, a researcher of mRNA vaccine technology, by Twitter shortly before he appeared on Mr Rogan’s YouTube podcast to touch on the government’s approach towards the COVID-19 pandemic and inoculations. On Tuesday, YouTube took down the interview as well.

On the same day Mr Rogan decided to sign up for GETTR, Twitter permanently banned the personal account of congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for allegedly “sharing vaccine misinformation”, the Daily Wire reported.

— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 2, 2022

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GETTR was launched on July 4 by Jason Miller, an aide to the former US President Donald Trump, in reaction to the latter’s account on Twitter being permanently banned on January 8, 2021. In their statement, Twitter motivated its decision with “the risk of further incitement of violence” following the Capitol riots triggered by Trump supporters who claimed that the presidential elections in 2020, in which their candidate lost to Joe Biden, were rigged.

The name of the platform is a blending of “getting” and “together”. It describes itself as “a non-bias social network” whose goals are “fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas.”

Since its launch, the platform has been flooded by internet trolls with extreme content such as pornography a few times. On its debut day, the app was briefly hacked, which led to the leak of more than 90,000 email addresses, including those of prominent conservative politicians.

According to its founder, GETTR was said to have had three million users as of November 21, including 400,000 active users per day.

“Freedom of expression is essential to a thriving democracy and we welcome anyone who wants to speak freely to join us on GETTR like they have,” Jason Miller wrote in his statement to the Insider website following Joe Rogan’s “arrival” to the platform.

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