GETTR founder Jason Miller calls ISIS sympathizers on his pro-Trump social media platform ‘keyboard warriors’

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An ISIS militant holds the ISIS flag. Screen shot
  • Pro-Trump social media site GETTR is now home to extremist and violent content, Politico reports.
  • Jason Miller called ISIS members on GETTR “keyboard warriors hiding in caves and eating dirt cookies.”
  • The site has already faced problems with security breaches of user data and rampant pornography.
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Jason Miller, the founder of pro-Trump social media network GETTR, has dismissed a spike in ISIS sympathizers on the platform as ‘”keyboard warriors hiding in caves and eating dirt cookies.”

Politico reported that GETTR, which Miller launched GETTR in early July after leaving his previous job as Trump’s spokesman, is now a hotbed of pro-ISIS and jihadist content, including graphic videos of beheadings and other jihadist and terroristic content.

While GETTR was billed as pro-Trump, pro-free speech site, Trump himself declined to get on the site, continuing to state a desire to launch his own platform.

At least some of the terrorist content on the platform is violently anti-Trump, with Politico describing “memes of a militant executing Trump in an orange jumpsuit similar to those used in Guantanamo Bay.”

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Miller told Insider in a statement he believes ISIS-supportive posters have flocked to the platform to post anti-Trump and anti-Western content because Trump “wiped them off the face of the earth,” further defending GETTR’s content moderation practices “as robust and proactive.”

“ISIS is trying to attack the MAGA movement because President Trump wiped them off the face of the earth, destroying the Caliphate in less than 18 months, and the only ISIS members still alive are keyboard warriors hiding in caves and eating dirt cookies,” Miller’s statement said. “Buried beneath a misleading and inflammatory headline, however, even Politico acknowledges GETTR has a robust and proactive moderation system that removes prohibited content, maximizing both cutting-edge A.I. technology and human moderation.”

Experts told Politico that extremists expressing support for ISIS and other groups have taken advantage of GETTR’s permissive policies and relatively lax content moderation to spread violent and pro-terrorist content. Numerous other social media platforms, including Twitter, have also struggled to clamp down on the proliferation of pro-ISIS accounts.

While the Islamic State no longer has a caliphate and is far diminished in terms of its tactical might and financial resources from previous years, it still maintains a physical presence in Iraq and Syria.

A recent report from UN member intelligence services concluded that “the group has evolved into an entrenched insurgency, exploiting weaknesses in local security to find safe havens and targeting forces engaged in counter-ISIL operations.”

GETTR has also been plagued with a security breach that resulted in accounts of high-profile users, including Miller himself, being hacked shortly after its early July launch and trouble with rampant spread of pornographic material on the platform.

Trump has explored various ways to get back on social media after being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in the wake of the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Trump is permanently suspended from Twitter, and will be suspended from Facebook and Instagram for at least the next two years.

This spring, Trump shuttered his blog “From the Desk of Donald Trump,” reportedly due to low readership rates and mockery over the site’s low traffic and engagement.

GETTR very strongly resembles Twitter in format, with trending topics, verified users, and the ability to reshare and like posts. One of the app’s financial backers is fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui.