Former US President Donald Trump has announced plans to launch a new social media network, called TRUTH Social.
He said the platform would “stand up to the tyranny of big tech”, accusing them of silencing opposing voices in the US.
Rob and Neil discuss the news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.
0:00 – Introduction
0:27 – Story
2:04 – Headline 1: TRUTH Social: Donald Trump to launch social network, saying ‘your favourite president has been silenced’
5:08 – Headline 2: Trump announces he is launching his own social media platform called TRUTH Social to ‘stand up to the tyranny of big tech’. Ex-president’s enterprise will also create subscription video service
9:00 – Headline 3: Here’s Donald Trump’s Pitch for His New Technology and Media Empire
12:13 – Language summary
Key words and phrases:
prevented from speaking
- Dictators silence their critics by putting them in jail.
- His views were silenced by a ban on his social media site.
large technology companies
- The government is looking at the amount of tax big tech is paying.
- I’ve become rich after investing in big tech!
compete against someone
- The politician took on his opponent in a live debate on TV.
- The boxer announced he’s going to take on the world champion in a big fight next month.
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