- Tram Ho
Donald Trump’s new social network, Truth Social, launched this past Sunday (February 20) on Apple’s App Store – marking the former president’s return to the social network after he was banned. on several platforms last year for allegedly inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Mr. Trump also launched a blog last year (From the Desk of Donald J.) but had to close it soon after, when the blog became the subject of ridicule and attracted a small audience.
Up to the present time, this social network is the highest-ranking free app on the App Store in the US. The rest of the Top 10 are: Talking Ben the Dog, HBO Max, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Messenger and Peacock TV. Truth Social is also the #1 trending title in the App Store’s “Social Networks” category.
“What makes Truth Social different? We are a social media platform free of political discrimination. Join us to share, communicate”, the description of writing application.
The app is similar to Twitter, but Truth Social is positioning itself as an uncensored alternative. Twitter declined to comment on whether it plans to pursue any action against Truth Social over the issue of piracy.
Since its launch, the Truth Social app has experienced overcrowding due to the large number of subscribers. Many users reported encountering errors when trying to sign up for an account.
The users said they were added to the waitlist after multiple attempts to sign up for an account with the message: “Due to great demand, we have put you on the waitlist”.
Currently, Truth Social is only available on Apple’s App Store system. The Android version of the app seems to be under development and doesn’t have a specific release date yet.
The company behind the app is Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) led by former Republican congressman Devin Nunes. The company previously announced plans to go public in the first quarter of 2022.
TMTG says its mission is to rival and counter the “Big Tech” of Silicon Valley, which have used its unilateral power to “silence dissenting voices in America”. In other words, they aim to be free speech champions and hope to appeal to users who perceive their views are being suppressed on established platforms.
Specifically, with this version of Truth Social 1.0, users will not be able to edit the article after it has been uploaded to the Truth Social platform, because “the truth does not need to be edited”. The next feature that is expected to be added is “direct messages”. In addition, Truth Social is also expected to allow users to receive notifications about other people’s posts when logging into their accounts to use Truth Social, as well as allowing them to block other users when they want.
According to Truth Social’s terms of service, users must be 13 years of age or older, and anyone under the age of 18 in relevant jurisdictions must have consent from a legal guardian to participate.
Source : Genk