Who owns Gettr? Jason Miller's new social media app launched yesterday

Bruno Cooke July 2, 2021
Who owns Gettr? Jason Miller’s new social media app launched yesterday
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A beta version of “non-bias social network” Gettr (stylised GETTR), launched yesterday, is now causing the public to wonder: Who owns Gettr, and what is the relationship between its founder, Jason Miller, and Donald Trump?

Following the decision made by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to ban Donald Trump from their platforms, the former president launched From The Desk Of Donald Trump. But that “succumbed to the pressure of the marketplace” last month. Gettr is now attempting to fill that Trump-shaped void.

What is Gettr, and who owns it?

Gettr first appeared on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in mid June.

The Twitter-style social media platform describes itself as “a non-bias social network for people all over the world”. So, who owns Gettr?

Politico reports that “Trump’s team” is behind the start-up; Variety says it was launched by “Trump’s ex-spokesman”; Reuters and Bloomberg call the man behind new social media app Gettr a “former Trump aide” and “former senior advisor”.

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The man behind Gettr is Jason Miller, an American communications strategist and political advisor.

Miller is the chief executive of Gettr, but the development company behind the app is Chainnov, Inc., established last year.

The app appears to have previously been called Getome. Currently, an app by that name, which also self-describes as “a non-bias social network for people all over the world”, and linked to GETTR USA, Inc, still exists on the Google Play Store.

What is Jason Miller’s relationship to Donald Trump?

Born 1975, Jason Miller served as Trump’s chief spokesperson during his 2016 presidential campaign.

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He later served as Trump’s Senior Advisor, during his 2020 re-election campaign.

Axios wrote in June 2020 that Miller had become the then-president’s new “morning briefer”.

“Jason Miller”, runs their summary, “a new top official at Trump’s campaign, gives him a fill on what’s driving the political day.”

Miller previously worked for Rudy Giuliani and Ted Cruz. In March this year, he became a contributor for Newsmax, an influential partisan news and opinion website.

Reuters wrote yesterday that Miller had “for months teased the Trump team’s plans to start a new social media platform”.

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Will Trump join Gettr?

Miller told Fox News in an interview that he hoped Trump would join, according to Reuters. But the former president is “considering a number of options”.

Trump told Dave Rubin’s Rubin Report podcast last week that he’s looking at “getting the right platform, a perfect platform”.

“And”, he continued, “I think you’ll see something fairly soon.”

Despite the timing of his comments, Bloomberg News’ senior White House correspondent Jennifer Jacobs confirmed yesterday evening, via Twitter, that Trump would not be joining Gettr. Nor will he have any financial stake in the initiative.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.