Trump’s New Social Media App Launches on iOS

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Truth Social, a social media network developed by former President Donald Trump’s new media company, is now live on the iOS App Store in the US. Reuters reports that the iOS app was available for download shortly before midnight, Eastern time, ahead of Presidents Day on February 21.

The service appears to be closely modeled on Twitter, which was previously Trump’s favorite social media platform. The former president was banned from the platform in early 2021 after Twitter said he incited violence in the wake of the storming of the US Capitol building.

An image featured in Truth Social’s App Store listing.
Image: Truth Social / App Store

At the time of writing, Truth Social’s website loads intermittently but collects names and email addresses for users who wish to sign up. Notably, the site is not secured over HTTPS, meaning any information submitted will be visible to intermediaries on the network. The site also includes a public commitment to open source principles, a concession of the previous conflict with the Mastodon project.

Some users who signed up through the site have seen vague “Something went wrong” errors, while others have reportedly been told they’ve been put on a waiting list due to “huge demand” according to CNET† A reporter with the Washington Post said their verification email has not arrived.

Conservative politicians and commentators have repeatedly criticized Twitter and other big tech companies for what they see as an overly harsh moderation of right-wing views. In response, a wave of right-wing platforms has grown in popularity, including Parler, Gettr and YouTube competitor Rumble.

Instead of tweets, Truth Social reportedly refers to individual posts as “Truths” that are shown to users on a “Truth Feed”. If you see a “Truth” that you want to share with your followers, apparently you can “ReTruthIt. Other features in development include support for direct messaging, as well as user authentication, according to the platform’s chief product officer.

Truth Social has reportedly been in beta since December with about 500 users on the platform. It is being developed by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), which is led by former Representative Devin Nunes. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Nunes said he hoped the service would be “fully operational” by the end of March.

An exact launch date for the service’s Android app has yet to be announced, but Truth Social’s website says it’s coming to the Google Play Store “soon”.

The launch comes just under a year after Donald Trump’s previous attempt to launch a new “platform.” What resulted was closer in size to a regular blog that was discontinued less than a month later.

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