December 7, 2022
Donald Trump’s Truth Social App Launched on Apple App Store

Donald Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, launched in Apple’s App Store late Sunday, potentially marking the former president’s return to social media after he was banned from multiple platforms last year.

the app was available to download shortly before midnight ET and automatically downloaded to respective Apple devices from users who pre-ordered the app.

Some users reported either having trouble registering for an account or being added to a waiting list with a message: “Due to great demand, we have placed you on our waiting list.”

The app is available to those invited to use it during its testing phase, Reuters previously reported.

Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s YouTube following an attack on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021, when he was accused of posting messages inciting violence.

Led by former Republican U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the enterprise behind Truth Social, joins a growing portfolio of technology companies that are positioning themselves as champions of free speech. And hope to attract users who feel their ideas are suppressed on more established platforms.

So far none of the new companies, including Twitter competitors Getr and parlor and video site Rumble, have come close to matching the popularity of their mainstream counterparts.

“This week we’ll start rolling out on the Apple App Store. It’s going to be awesome, because we’ll get a lot of people who are going to be on the platform,” Nunes said in an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo”.

“Our target is, I think we’re going to hit it, I think by the end of March we’re going to be fully operational at least within the United States,” he said.

Truth Social’s App Store page detailing its version history showed the first public version of the app, or version 1.0, available a day earlier, confirming the Reuters report. The current version 1.0.1 includes “bug fixes” according to the page.

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On Friday, Nunes was urging users on the app to follow more accounts, share photos and videos, and participate in conversations, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Among Nunes’ posts, he welcomed a new user who appeared to be a Catholic priest and encouraged him to invite more priests to join, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Even as app details begin to trickle in, TMTG remains mostly shrouded in secrecy and is regarded with suspicion by some in tech and media circles. For example, it is unclear how the company is funding its current development.

TMTG plans to list in New York through a merger with blank-check firm Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) and stands to receive $293 million (about Rs 2,185 crore) in cash held in trust of DWAC , assuming that no DWAC shareholder redeems. their shares, TMTG said in an October 21 press release.

Additionally, in December TMTG raised $1 billion (about Rs 7,455 crore) of committed financing from private investors; That money also will not be available until the DWAC deal is closed.

Digital World’s activities have come under scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, according to a regulatory filing, and the deal is months away from closing.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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