Former Pres. Donald Trump’s former political aide John McEntee is set to launch a conservative-only dating app this summer, becoming the latest social media site targeted on the right.
“Conservatives deserve an easy way to connect,” McEntee told Axios in a comment.
Axios reports that venture capitalist Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, has invested $1.5 million in the app, which will be “restricted to conservatives living primarily in major progressive cities.” Until recently, Thiel was a board member of Meta, Facebook’s parent company, but said he was leaving to support conservative political candidates.
The conservative dating app also has a name contest with The Right Stuff, a New Jersey-based dating site for Ivy League students, grads and faculty. The app also shares an unfortunate name with a notorious white supremacist website, reports UpRoxx.
Although they share the same name, there is no known connection between McEntee’s dating app and The Right Stuff website. The white supremacist website, described by The New Yorker as “breeding ground for some of the most thriving racism on the internet,” is known for offering neo-Nazi content and conspiracy theories, UpRoxx explains.
Several right-wing apps have popped up over the past year or so as some segments of the community felt their content was censored by liberals. Canadian video-hosting platform Rumble has emerged as a right-wing YouTube alternative, while encrypted messaging app Telegram has also risen to prominence.
Former Pres. Trump himself is also set to launch his own social media app, Truth Social, this month. The app is designed to function like Twitter, but presents itself as a place apart from “self-righteous rebukes and self-appointed arbiters,” Hill says.
Last August, The Washington Post reported that Rumble users had grown from one million active users to 30 million. The company also says it doesn’t allow hate speech, more forgiving content with unproven medical claims.
The Right Stuff app is expected to launch for free and invite-only, but the company plans to offer a subscription model later, Axios reports.
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