MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s new free expression platform, Frank, was offline Thursday morning after a messy launch earlier this week.
The site was billed as a social media network, a hybrid of YouTube and Twitter, but fans of the businessman supporting Donald Trump have spent days trying to sign up and haven’t until present not been able to create personal profiles or comment on the content.
Friday last week, a teased VIP access did not take place. On Monday of this week, the date scheduled for a full launch, the website quickly crashed and was replaced by a live feed. Upon his return, the creation of the user account was still missing.
Lindell attributed the technical problems to a “massive attack”, but argued the launch was successful. On Thursday, the platform’s web domain – FrankSpeech.com – was only showing a live video feed and a brief warning about the outage.
The disclaimer read: “Thanks for visiting Frank! With over 2B’s [billion] requests in just 2 days, the Frankspeech experience is a huge success – For you! At the moment, we are working on new features. Keep checking, we will be available soon! “
It was then updated to read: “Thanks for being a part of Frank! With over 200 million streams in just 2 days, FrankSpeech has so far been an epic success!”
There was no additional information on the features implemented or on an estimated timeframe for which the platform would be accessible to its users. It was not immediately clear how the traffic statistics were determined.
This week, Lindell promoted the site via an incessant live stream called “Frankathon,” in which he and his guests discussed conspiracy theories about the 2020 US Presidential Election. He repeatedly criticized the coverage media launch.
On Telegram, where Lindell has a channel that is used to promote his work, some fans and followers – although it’s impossible to say how many are lagging behind – seemed increasingly impatient with the lack of access to the site, which had been very excited for weeks as a haven of free speech and an alternative to mainstream services.
One Telegram user, Wade Nolen, wrote: “I was all for signing up for Frankspeech. But many of the excuses we are being told [are] really weird.
“One minute, it’s due to a cyber attack that has never been so massive … next, 2 billion people are trying to join. I have a problem with each of these claims, but the two are given together as to why the the site is having problems is utter nonsense. “
Another user, named Julie Boeckenstedt, wrote: “Does it still work? I only had trouble signing up.” Another user, WakeUp News, wrote on the app: “I haven’t been able to create an account since last week. Now the whole platform is down. Can someone post an official statement so we know what’s going on? “
Despite the unrest among Lindell’s Telegram channels, many members seemed ready to wait until the end, remaining supportive even as technical issues mounted.
“So many people with little patience geez !!” noted a user with the account name Restored Soul. “Get back to your godless commie platforms then. We won’t miss you!”