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Why Digital World Acquisition Stock Skyrocketed 357% Today

By Joe Tenebruso - Oct 21, 2021 at 5:43PM

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Donald Trump's new SPAC wants to take on Big Tech.

What happened

Shares of Digital World Acquisition (NASDAQ:DWAC) soared 357% on Thursday after the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) announced a deal to merge with Trump Media & Technology Group.  

So what 

Should it receive shareholder and regulatory approval, the merger would allow Trump Media & Technology Group to become a publicly traded company. The deal values the business at up to $1.7 billion when including earn-out incentives.

Trump Media & Technology Group said it plans to launch a new social network to "create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the Big Tech companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America."

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Digital World Acquisition's stock surged on news of its deal with President Trump. Image source: Getty Images.

Truth Social, as the network will be called, is slated to debut in beta form in November, with a nationwide rollout planned for the first quarter of next year.

Donald Trump, who will be chairman of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), said in a press release:

I created Truth Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable. I am excited to send out my first truth on Truth Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all.

Now what 

Digital World Acquisition intends to use its roughly $293 million in cash to build and grow Truth Social. That may not be enough. The new network will compete with social media titans such as Facebook ( FB -1.14% ) and Twitter ( TWTR -1.36% ), which collectively spend billions of dollars each year to scale their already massive networks.

Still, the former president has built a loyal following, and many of his supporters are likely to follow him to his new platform.

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