Former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social hit it big during its launch last Sunday. This marked the triumphant return of the former president after getting banned from several social platforms last year.
Truth Social is Available Now For Download
Apple’s App Store made Truth Social available for download shortly before midnight ET. It quickly became the top free app download on the App Store by Monday.
Users who pre-ordered the app received an automatic download on their Apple devices. Due to the overwhelming interest, some users reported having trouble registering for an account.
In some cases, the app assigned some registrants to a waitlist. A message “Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist” accompanied the notice. Previously, the app became available for people invited for a test phase.
Truth Social Marks Trump’s Return to Social Media
Last year, social platforms Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube banned Trump from using his accounts following the January 6 riots.
The social media companies said they banned Trump after he posted messages that incited further violence that day.
As a result of the ban, Trump realized that he needed to create a new platform to lend his voice to his supporters. Consequently, Truth Social was born.
With the help of the Trump Media and Technology Group led by former congressman Devin Nunes, Trump built a new platform.
Truth Social positions itself as a social platform that encourages free speech. It also hopes to attract users who feel alienated on heavily moderated social platforms.
Truth Social Hoping To Do What Earlier Conservative Apps Can’t
Meanwhile, earlier attempts to establish a conservative social platform failed to get off the ground. A series of Twitter competitors such as Getty and Parler couldn’t attract enough users.
Meanwhile, Rumble, a YouTube contemporary video site, also failed to match the user base of its more formidable counterpart.
Nunes, in a Fox News appearance, said he hopes to attract even more users to the platform. He said he’s optimistic that they will hit their target deadlines. “I think by the end of March we’re going to be fully operational at least within the United States,” Nunes said.
In addition, he urged users to follow more accounts, post photos, and videos, and engage in conversations. Among his posts was welcoming a new user who is apparently a Catholic priest. He encouraged the new user to invite more clergymen to join the platform.
Critics Looking At TMTG’s Operation
Meanwhile, critics of the former president began looking at TMTG operations to look for issues. The company remains shrouded in secrecy about its operations.
Many are questioning how the company funds its current growth. Earlier in October, TMTG announced a planned merger with blank-check firm Digital Work Acquisition Corp.
DWAC will pay TMTG $293 million from a trust it holds in exchange for shares. TMTG also committed to raising $1 billion from private investors.
Note: As of this writing, the Truth Social app is available for download on the Apple App Store. An Android version will be available on the Google Play Store in the next few weeks.
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