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Trump's new social media app begins slow rollout******
A person checks the app store on a smartphone for "Truth Social," with a photo of former US President Donald Trump on a computer screen in the background in Los Angeles.
Donald Trump's new social media app started a gradual rollout late Sunday and should be "fully operational" by late March, potentially raising the former president's profile more than a year after he was banned by major platforms.
"This week, we will begin to roll out to people on the Apple App store," said Devin Nunes, CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), parent company of the new app Truth Social.
The former Republican congressman was speaking on Sunday on conservative Fox News.
"I think, by the end of March, we're going to be fully operational – at least within the United States," added Nunes, who resigned from the US House to lead the Trump group.
Trump has described Truth Social as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, all of which banned him following the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
The former president has been accused of inciting his followers to use force in a bid to overturn the result of the 2020 election.
On Sunday, the App Store was allowing visitors to pre-order Truth Social starting Monday, the Presidents Day holiday in the United States.
Later Sunday, the app was reported as available to some of those who had pre-ordered.
"It's actually very moving for me to see people that are on the platform that have had their voice canceled," Nunes said.
'The truth is coming'
"We want (customers) to tell us what they would like to have on the platform, which is the opposite of some Silicon Valley tech oligarch freak telling people what they want to think and deciding who can or cannot be on the platform," he said.
Trump and his wife Melania Trump also plan on Monday to offer for sale 10,000 NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, illustrating key moments in the Trump presidency. NFTs are certified digital images that can be bought and sold.
"TRUTH is coming..." congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the third-ranking House Republican, tweeted Friday, in an allusion to the ominous "Winter is coming" catchphrase of television series "Game of Thrones."
She posted a screen grab of her message on Truth Beta, the test version of the new site, saying, "I'm so excited to be on TRUTH!"
And Donald Trump Jr. celebrated on Twitter, posting, "Time for some Truth!!!" and including what he said was his father's first post on Truth Social: "Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!"
TMTG, asked for comment by AFP, did not immediately respond.
The group reportedly has a US$1.25 billion treasure chest as it seeks a niche in a crowded conservative social-media marketplace, currently served by platforms such as Gettr, Parler and Gab.
Before being banned by Twitter, Trump had some 89 million followers there and used the platform constantly, both for presidential statements and to attack rivals.
Trump, who is 75, has hinted but never definitively said whether he will seek the presidency again.
He is currently under the shadow of multiple investigations and lawsuits, including over his tax filings and his efforts to cling to power after losing the 2020 election.
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Elite couple shine at China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities******
By Sportswriters Yao Youming, Wang Ze and Zhao Yingbo
XI'AN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Feifei and his wife Dong Feixia cemented their places among the all-time great Paralympic athletes when Zhou created a new world record (39.99 meters) in his F55 discus competition on Saturday for the couple's third gold at the ongoing 11th China's National Games for Persons with Disabilities.
Zhou pocketed the F55 men's javelin gold medal on Friday, and Dong won the women's F55 discus title on the same day.
"We were informed of the final schedule on Thursday, after which we didn't talk about the competitions too much," Zhou told Xinhua.
"We prepared for the season for two years and we knew we were both in good shape," Zhou added.
On Thursday, Dong saw Zhou compete in her neighboring court, but when Dong started her campaign at the Games, Zhou was talking and sharing his experiences with one of his competitors.
"We are rivals, but he is my old friend. We haven't met each for a long time, that's why I didn't see Feixia's game. What's more, I have confidence in Feixia," Zhou said.
Dong, a Paralympic gold medalist, took up her sport in 2004.
She trained almost every day in these years and was crowned in every major events. The 32-year-old regards "surpassing myself" as her sporting philosophy. Her idol is Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
When she met Zhou in the year 2013, she decided to encourage the young man who lost the ability to walk in an accident.
After accepting several months' training, Zhou won his first national title in 2013 and fell in love with Dong.
When Dong suffered some setbacks in her career around the year 2013, Zhou comforted his wife. "My husband is my strongest support," said Dong.
After finishing her competition on Thursday, Dong whispered to Zhou that he should create a new F55 javelin world record.
"I promised her to create more new records in future," Zhou said.
Before the victory ceremony of women's F55 discus, Dong burst into tears.
"I had two major events in the year 2021: the Tokyo Paralympics and the National Games on my home soil. I am very happy because my results are satisfying. I wanted to thank my coach, family and everyone who supported me," Dong said.
"I hope that the F55 discus will become an official event in the Paris Paralympic Games, and then I will be able to participate in it," Zhou said.
Besides decorating the trophy room of their home with countless medals, the couple have a more important mission. They want to inspire their fans and followers through their good performances on the court.
"I hope that young people can realize their self-worth through sports, so that they can live with more confidence," Zhou told Xinhua. Enditem