The launch of Trump’s Twitter clone has reportedly been delayed until March

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Former President Donald Trump’s upcoming social network called Truth Social is currently on the App Store with an “expected” launch date of February 21 (Presidents’ Day), but The New York Times reports that the release has been delayed until March.

Based on App Store screenshots, Truth Social looks a lot like Twitter, Trump’s favorite social network before he was permanently banned after the January 6 riots in the US Capitol. Truth Social will be his second attempt at making some sort of new platform; he launched a blog in May, but it was shut down in less than a month. The new app is being created by the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), Trump’s media company headed by former US Representative Devin Nunes.

While the shifting date might suggest the app has some development issues, it has already rolled out to about 500 beta testers, according to Reuters† However, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) that plans to list TMTG, which may also be a reason for the delay.

It appears that Trump is one of Truth Social’s beta testers and has made his first post, although he cannot share that information on Twitter himself. Donald Trump Jr., who still has Twitter privileges, tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s first Truth Social post instead: “Get Ready! Your Favorite President Will See You Soon!”

According to ReutersTrump’s Truth Social account had 317 followers at the end of Wednesday. Trump had 88 million followers on Twitter when he was banned.

TMTG did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the app’s launch date. It’s unclear if the app will be available on non-iOS platforms, though you can sign up for a waitlist on the Truth Social website.

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