(TargetLiberty.org) – Former President Donald Trump is threatening legal action against a social media company after it exploited his name and image in an apparent attempt to lure his supporters into paying for expensive subscriptions.
Exclusive: a “free speech” social media app called 2nd1st falsely claims Donald Trump has an account on the platform and is collecting thousands in surprise fees from his fans. After I asked Trump for comment, his lawyers sent a cease and desist letter. https://t.co/qwuFTcW2k8
— Theo Wayt (@theo_wayt) October 13, 2021
On September 30, Trump’s attorney, Nathan D Groth, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Howly Inc. ordering the company to stop using images of Trump and screenshots of his old Twitter posts to promote its ‘2nd1st’ social media platform. The new platform claims to offer social media with no censorship or cancel culture, features likely to interest Conservatives. The company has been marketing the platform with images that suggest Trump uses and endorses it – which he doesn’t.
Trump says Howly is using his image for commercial gain, and that seems likely. New subscribers to 2nd1st get a free trial lasting just three days, then they’re automatically billed $4.99 a week unless they cancel their subscription. The app’s page on the Apple Store has many complaints about the automatic billing, with one furious user saying “The owner just uses the current situation to try to make money… you are as bad as Pelosi!!!”
The cease-and-desist letter gave Howly two days to resolve the situation – but it’s still using Trump’s name and image. It’s unlikely the former president will accept that.
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