Codias, a new social media site aimed at conservatives, launched today. To join, users must enter basic information like email accounts and an address. In addition, they must take this oath:
The layout is similar to the terms-of-use agreement that users of various sites are probably used to. Whereas you read and then click “agree” elsewhere, here you read and then click “I swear.”
Once you’re in, the site looks pretty intuitive and anyone proficient on Facebook should find it pretty easy to navigate. But instead of posting a mere status update you post “intelligence” or “cables.”
And instead of “adding friends” or building your followers list as you do on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter et al, you’re encouraged to “Build your coalition: Recruit your family, invite your friends, and explore allies to build your influence.”
You and your coalition can then communicate without fear of infiltration, the site promises: “Share content using military grade encryption for data in transit and sensitive data in storage.”
The home page is populated with lots of links political articles like this Reuters item on investor Carl Icahn’s support of Donald Trump but also general-interest content such as an Associated Press story on the future of self-driving cars and this Los Angeles Times piece on Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.
The top piece of Codias intelligence posted today is a National Review piece on Codias itself.
“There’s been a historic divide between technology and politics, particularly for the conservative movement,” founder Cody Brown told National Review. “We hope our platform will begin to fill this void.”