New leaked conversations published by Mother Jones show GETTR founder Jason Miller taking company directions from a Chinese billionaire, raising questions about the independence of the social media network billed as a free speech alternative to Big Tech. Progressive website Mother Jones published audio and text messages between Miller and Guo on Friday.
In one audio message, Guo orders Miller to assuage criticism from Joe Rogan, who joined the platform before calling out its inflation of fake follower counts.
“It’s just a misunderstanding. There is no problem Jason,” Guo told Miller in a WhatsApp message.“Joe Rogan is a big help to us. We are friend. We don’t want to do any bad things to this guy. We need to respect him. Just…explain to him what happened… We solve the misunderstanding… We must keep it gentleman-style. No fight back. We are friends. We need to respect him.”
Miller would go on to recognize Guo’s concerns, arguing that he had reached out to one of Rogan’s representatives with respect. Rogan has since expressed his intent to leave the platform.
Guo is somewhat of a dissident Chinese billionaire actively lobbying for American interference in Chinese politics, slighted by the policies of the Chinese government.
In another WhatsApp message originally posted in Chinese, Guo reveals he ordered Miller to cease fabricating GETTR follower counts, a questionable business tactic that Rogan publicly criticized. “Regarding Joe Rogan, last night, we discussed with Jason to display the number of followers separately: GETTR followers and total followers. The web version has been launched, and the mobile version is also being submitted. After all the changes are made, Jason should respond to this issue. An announcement to explain.”
Mother Jones has also revealed that paychecks for Gettr employees are being processed through a building in which Guo orchestrates lobbying attempts to interfere in American politics and obstruct peaceful cooperation with China.