Gettr CEO Jason Miller Talks About Birthing A New Social AppRamon Ray
Gettr is a brand new social app, launched by Jason Miller, on July 4th, 2021. In our interview, he describes Gettr as a free speech platform, that opposes “cancel culture”.
While most of the top users on Getter are very “conservative” voices, Jason said the app is not about a particular political affiliation.
His vision is for Gettr to be a platform to let people talk to their friends and family, see breaking news, and allows people to have open discussions.
Gettr is birthed in the midst of the rancorous political discussion taking place in America today about what speech is allowed and not allowed. About who should be canceled and who should not be canceled.
Jason said Gettr will not allow free speech to be infringed upon or canceled.
He expressed that people around the world are welcome to use Gettr as well.
What speech would NOT be allowed on Gettr?
Jason said that what the existing platforms get wrong is that their political judgment often gets in the way of what they allow or don’t allow.
There will be limits to what is allowed on Gettr.
Someone who is advocating harm to another user or “doxing”, is not allowed. Doxing is where you are sharing someone’s private information with the public, such as their home address.
Moderating Gettr Speech
Jason said that Gettr has a robust and proactive moderation policy where certain words or images are looked at and reviewed by AI.
This moderation is not just left to “bots” but there’s an escalation component, wherein humans can review escalated concerns.
In fact, even Jason himself, similar to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder), Jack Dorsey (Twitter founder) will review the most contentious or challenging posts.
If you’re expressing your opinion and you’re not infringing on the rights of someone else, a social platform should not stop you from saying it, said Jason. The whole reason for having Gettr, Jason said, is to enable people to share ideas.
Jason said that certain stories or views are not allowed on other social media platforms and that certain personalities are shadow-banned. Shadowbanning is the practice of stealthily blocking a user.
Jason’s wish is that everything should be able to be debated and talked about.
For example, he expressed frustration with the scientific debate about the Covid virus. Initially, scientists and researchers said one thing about the origins of Covid, in early 2020. But after further research, recently, the experts have looked at things further and changed or shifted their opinions of the findings.
Jason’s happy that Gettr is one of the fasted growing platforms, he said it’s reached millions of users in a few days.
For sure, America is a very divided country. Much of the divide, in my opinion, is not by freedom-loving, average Americans who want to go about their lives in peace. The divide is stoked largely by those on the polar sides of American politics and many media outlets who need polarizing issues to have high ratings.
I’ve been using Clubhouse recently, an app birthed in early 2020. It’s also had challenges and growing pains in policing what can and cannot be said. Some reports have said that new apps, like Clubhouse, or Gettr, are increasingly platforms for people in other countries to discuss things they normally can’t discuss.
Jason acknowledges that Gettr is a startup and he’s learning about growing a startup, as many other startup founders have to do.
Gettr in fact was hacked, and quickly fixed when it was launched.
Will Gettr turn into a popular alternative to existing social networks?
Will it be used by good people who want to practice, “free speech”?
Will it be taken over by those of one political persuasion and be an echo chamber of one type of speech?
In a few months will it fizzle out?
Time will tell.