A new social media platform called “Truth Social” is intended to compete with Twitter and Facebook. At launch, the site collapsed right away.
Donald Trump is making his comeback on social media with his own platform. Since shortly before midnight in the U.S. on Sunday, the app called Truth Social has been available in the Apple App Store. For former U.S. President Trump, Truth Social is seen as a way to be heard more in public again. After storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube had banned the Republican.
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Interest in Truth Social was apparently high. Some users who tried to sign up for an account were initially put on a waiting list, citing high demand. Some had also already been able to use the app in a test phase. So far, alternative platforms have failed to gain a large following. These include Gettr, Parler and Rumble, among others. What the platforms have in common is that they present themselves as advocates of free speech. In doing so, they hope to attract users who are having a hard time with the big tech giants in light of a stepped-up crackdown on hate speech and misinformation.
Behind Truth Social is the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), led by former US Congressman Devin Nunes. In the Apple App Store, TMTG can be found under the developer account T Media Tech LLC. The company had raised about $1 billion from private investors in December and plans to go public in a Spac deal through its empty shell company Digital World Acquisition DWAC.
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What is Trump’s Truth Social app supposed to be able to do?
According to the description in the App Store, the platform is supposed to be “free of political discrimination.” Truth Social, it says, follows the “Big Tent” approach, which should be thought of as a party tent where people of different political orientations can engage in conversation. The app cites libertarians, conservatives and liberals as examples.
Like other social media apps, you create an account in Trumps Truth Social. Other accounts can follow this account. The app summarizes what followed accounts post in a “Truth Feed.” There is also a search function to search the app for specific interests.
Currently, the Truth Social website is unavailable due to too many hits. Instead, the error message “Error 1020” appears and a note that the site “protects itself from online attacks.” The app itself is currently not available in Germany, which is why atechbook cannot test it for the time being.
Truth Social in the Apple App Store