As if Parler and Gab weren’t enough, MyPillow CEO and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell is fleshing out his plans for yet another right-wing social media site that claims to be a haven for “free speech.”
And he says it can handle up to 1 billion users—but who’s counting?
Lindell made an appearance on former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s podcast “War Room” on Friday, and was typically even-keeled and modest about his plans for the new website, called “Frank.” (Lindell previously planned to call it “VOCL.”)
"It’s just like a YouTube, OK? A YouTube with a Twitter feature, but it’s nothing like you’ve ever seen before, the two combined,” he told Bannon. It should be noted that you can upload and play videos on Twitter.
“It’s going to be the most safest, securest, and able to handle—a hundred, two hundred, a billion people,” he added. “Since I bought all my own servers and got all my own stuff, no Amazon, no Apple, no crooked YouTube, no crooked Google, none of these guys are going to be able to take this down.”
Lindell was banned from Twitter and YouTube earlier this year after continuously pushing baseless claims of election fraud. Last month, Dominion Voting Systems, a voting hardware and software manufacturer, sued Lindell and MyPillow for defamation, seeking damages of $1.3 billion. Lindell said earlier this month he would countersue Dominion, though no lawsuit has been filed yet.
“Dominion’s trying to bully me into standing down,” Lindell told VICE News in February. “It’s going to backfire on them.” He also described the day he got sued for more than a billion dollars as “a great day for me.”
Lindell’s social media platform is set to launch in the coming weeks, alongside a second Lindell-produced documentary about purported election fraud, this one called “Absolute Interference.”
“All of the influencers are going to come over there,” Lindell said of his new site. “All these people that can’t say on their podcast the word ‘Dominion,’ or they can’t say ‘The vaccine is bad for you’...they’re going to be able to speak out and speak freely. And it’s going to be amazing. The voices of hundreds of millions people are going to be heard from around the world.”
“It’s going to get back to where it was before [Twitter CEO] Jack Dorsey and Mr. Google and Mr. Apple and all these people out there who tried to steal our nation and steal our voice,” he said. “This is going to just open it up wide open.”
Right now, the website for Frank is just a barebones landing page with a “Coming soon” message and a mission statement.
“Americans want to remain free. Americans are craving news and information that is not filtered through the radical worldview of today’s liberal media intelligentsia, or deep state actor,” the website reads. “Frank, the voice of free speech, will be the platform for Americans who want to defend life, liberty, and all the freedoms that have marked America as the longest-running constitutional Republic in the history of the world.”