Frank (website)

American website

Frank is an American website that launched on April 19, 2021. The site is developed by Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a vocal ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump. It has been positioned as an alt-tech social networking service appealing to conservatives,[1] though it has no available social networking features.[2] Lindell has described Frank as “kind of like a YouTubeTwitter combination.”[3]

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History[edit]

Lindell announced plans to launch Frank in early March 2021 after having worked on it for four years.[4] The site was originally called “Vocl” and had the domain Vocl.com, but after a threat from Creatd which owns a web site called “Vocal”, Lindell changed the name to “Frank”.[5][6]

Launch[edit]

Registration for early “VIP” access to Frank launched on April 14, 2021,[4] although many registrants reported that they were not invited in at midnight that evening as advertised.[7] On April 17, Lindell announced VIP access was delayed until April 18 and that the site would launch widely at 8:00 AM CDT (13:00 UTC) on April 19.[8]

Frank launched its VIP access site on April 19 after a lengthy outage which Lindell attributed via Parler to a “massive attack”.[9] The site featured a promised 48-hour “Frankathon” livestream where Lindell discussed MyPillow’s lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems along with other topics.[10][11] The livestream also included interviews with several guests including Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Scott Baio, and Ted Nugent.[12][13] Ron Blackman, a British Internet personality who hosts The Macron Show, obtained Lindell’s phone number and made several prank phone calls during the live stream, including one in which he pretended to be Donald Trump which was rebroadcast on Jimmy Kimmel Live![14][15]

Since April 22, three days after its launch, Frank has had no available social networking features.[2] Its previously available content has been replaced with two embedded video streams: a replay of the 48-hour Frankathon launch stream and Absolute Interference, a two-hour video promoting conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election.[16][17][18]

Website[edit]

Frank has been positioned as an alt-tech social networking service appealing to conservatives,[1] though as of April 26, 2021[update], it has no available social networking features.[2] Lindell has described the site as a combination of YouTube and Twitter, and said he has spent millions of dollars developing the site.[3] Criticism of Donald Trump will be permitted on Frank.[19] The service will not permit swearing, pornography, and death threats. Specifically, Lindell in a video banned “the c-word, the n-word, the f-word, or God’s name in vain”.[4]

To guard against deplatforming by app stores, Frank is only available as a web application in mobile web browsers.[1]

Frank, based on its error messages, is written in Drupal. Several Drupal experts have criticized the way in which Frank was developed and deployed, including one who observed that Drupal is not designed to handle a large amount of user-generated content typically found on social media sites.[20]

Andrew Torba, CEO of alt-tech social media service Gab, alleged in a Gab post that Lindell had “blatantly rip[ped] off our free speech platform vision as his own”. Torba later amended edited his post to remove the accusation, writing that he and Lindell had spoken and were “on good terms”, but that he wished Lindell “had been more upfront that he was building his own social platform months ago when we first started chatting instead of me learning about it through the press”.[21]

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References[edit]

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