Donald Trump has threatened legal action against the 2nd1st social media app, The New York Post reported.
2nd1st is called an “uncensored news and chat” app and charges users $ 4.99 per week.
Trump’s attorney said the app is using Trump’s name and image for commercial purposes, according to The Post.
Former President Donald Trump has threatened legal action over an “uncensored” subscription social media app that he says uses his name for commercial purposes, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
The app, published by a company called Howly Inc., is called 2nd1st and advertises itself as an “uncensored news and discussion” app and a “free speech platform”. It promises a “social culture without cancellation,” according to its Apple App Store page.
A screenshot of the app featured on the App Store claims to show a 2nd and 1st message from Trump about his constituents having “GIANT VOICE long in the future.” The text in the image is the same as on Trump’s January 8 tweet, the day after the siege on Capitol Hill, before Twitter permanently suspended it.
Trump’s attorney, Nathan D. Groth, sent Howly a cease and desist letter on September 30, accusing him of violating “numerous federal and state laws governing hijacking and the right to publicity.” , the Post reported, citing a copy of the letter. .
2nd1st used Trump’s name, image and likeness “for commercial purposes,” the letter said, according to the Post.
“Specifically, it appears that the 2nd1st app profile includes images implying that President Donald J. Trump is using or otherwise approving the app, which he does not,” Groth wrote in the letter, reported the post.
Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told the Post the former president is not using the app.
After downloading the app, a message appears saying, “We must not give in to advertisers or cancel the crop. Start the 3-day free trial then $ 4.99 / week”, and Trump rally videos appear, the Post reported. The report included a screenshot of the message.
The letter called on the company to cease and desist from “any exploitation … of marketing, advertising, fundraising or other business activities” that refer to the name, image and likeness. of Trump, according to the Post. Failure to do so could lead to further legal action, the letter said, the post said.
Insider reached out to a Trump representative for comment, but did not immediately receive a response. Groth did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Insider sent an email to a 2nd1st support email address, but did not immediately receive a response and could not reach out to Howly for comment.
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