- Overall, we rate Frank Speech extreme right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and a lack of transparency.
Questionable Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Launched on April 19, 2021, Frank Speech, also know as (Frank), is a new social media network by Mike “my pillow guy” Lindell. Mike Lindell is a strong supporter of former President Trump and, after the 2020 election, has promoted a series of false election fraud conspiracies, claiming Trump won the election.
In January 2021, Mike Lindell and his company website My Pillow were banned from Twitter due to the promotion of false election fraud conspiracies. Furthermore, his videos alleging election fraud were taken down by Youtube. In February 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed a 1.3 billion dollar defamation lawsuit against Lindell for publishing false information regarding their voting system.
As of this date, 4/28/2021, the website appears only to show two election conspiracy video’s by Lindell and is not a social media network yet.
Funded by / Ownership
It has been reported that Mike Lindell invested millions of dollars into this social media network, and therefore he is the presumed owner. At this point, there does not appear to be a source of revenue.
Analysis / Bias
As stated above, at this time, none of the social media features are available on Frank. The two videos on the website link to his new website Lindell TV and a link to his debunked election conspiracy video Absolute Interference.
Mike Lindell describes his new social media network as a combination of Twitter and Youtube with free speech. Interestingly, speech is only free if Mike Lindell approves. He said, “Although the site supports free speech, people won’t be able to post swear words, porn, or death threats.”
This review only looks at the content on the website at the time of review. Currently, the content consists of only two extreme-right conspiracy videos that are not factual.
Overall, we rate Frank Speech extreme right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and a lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 4/28/2021)