Trump’s social app Truth makes its debut, but it’s still weeks before it’s fully operational

Truth Social, the social media platform launched by former President Donald Trump, is now available for download in the Apple App Store, but without the fanfare of a fully functional platform.

Users who downloaded the app from Sunday evening were instead asked to join a waiting list, although there were numerous complaints of errors preventing people from going that far. Trump Media & Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes told Fox News on Sunday he believes the app, which would have been designed to launch on Presidents’ Day, will be “fully operational” by the end of March. for those in the United States.

The app was launched by Trump as a way to give users a place to speak freely without the rules and constraints imposed by big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Trump was definitely banned of Twitter last year after being accused of inciting his supporters to use violence to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Twitter determined that his online behavior created a “risk of further incitement to violence”. He was suspended from Facebook and Instagram for two years, and from YouTube indefinitely, for similar reasons.

In addition to rules on hate speech and violence, many social media sites have imposed rules on sharing false information about COVID-19 and vaccines.

Nunes, in his Fox News interview, said Truth Social will serve as a platform for people, like Trump, who have been “cancelled.”

“It’s actually very emotional for me to see people who are on the platform having their voices cancelled. And that’s our main goal here, to give people back their voices,” he said.

Over the past week, the Truth Social platform has already been made available to “prominent users, including influencers, politicians and celebrities,” according to Fox News.

The platform’s semi-debut follows the launch of a number of similar right-wing social media platforms in recent years. These include Twitter alternatives Gettr, which was started by a former Trump adviser, and Parler, which was financially backed by a prominent GOP donor.


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