At least three Minnesota state representatives have joined an alternative social media platform that upholds the free speech of its users.
Rep. Erik Mortensen of Shakopee, a Republican, joined GETTR late Tuesday evening, with his first post saying, “Let’s all hope that GETTR is the end of Twitter!”
Just a few minutes later, Mortensen tweeted a screenshot of the post along with the caption, “Making the move. Peace out Twitter.”
Making the move. Peace out Twitter. pic.twitter.com/6Bn2ufT4bJ
— Erik Mortensen (@RepMortensen) January 5, 2022
Another Republican legislator, Rep. Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal, also joined GETTR Thursday evening, though with a bit less fanfare than Rep. Mortensen.
Munson’s first GETTR post reads as follows: “The new #mnleg session begins in less than a month with an $11 billion surplus in one of two divided legislatures in the entire union,” referring to the Minnesota Legislature.
He also attached an image quote which says that “no man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” Although the image attributes the quote to Mark Twain, it actually originated with Gideon J. Tucker, a 19th century politician from New York.
Others like Rep. Matt Bliss have also joined the platform.
GETTR brands itself as “a brand new social media platform founded on the principles of free speech, independent thought and rejecting political censorship and ‘cancel culture.'” The platform has apps in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.
The recent surge in GETTR users has been dubbed the “Joe Rogan Wave” after the contrarian podcaster announced on Sunday afternoon that he had created a GETTR account.
According to GETTR, the platform has accumulated over 700,000 new users since Rogan’s announcement, which he posted on Twitter.
“The ‘Joe Rogan Wave’ marks a pivotal moment in the battle for free speech,” GETTR CEO Jason Miller said in a statement. “GETTR’s momentum has been consistently building, and this flood of new users represents a significant turning of the tide.”
“This is not just a numerical counting of new users — it’s an awakening. The clear message has been sent to the Silicon Valley oligarchs that their policy of censoring opposing points of view will no longer be tolerated,” he added.
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