Image Source: Bloomberg
Truth Social, Trump Media and Technology Group’s would-be Twitter competitor, is still unavailable on the Google Play market.
According to Google, the app lacks sufficient procedures for regulating user-generated content, which breaches the store’s terms of service.
The ban implies that Android users, who account for 44% of smartphone users in the United States, will be unable to download the software. In addition, Google will not release the app unless the content issues are resolved. However, according to Axios, Truth Social acknowledged Google’s worries and said it would try to address these issues.
Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group, told a different story. The former legislator, who was a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump in Congress, stated that the decision is up to Google and not reliant on Truth Social’s rules.
According to Google, Nunes’ claims misrepresent the ongoing conversation between Trump Media and the Play store. Google reaffirmed that Truth Social’s infractions and the steps taken to correct them were fully reported to the company.
According to Trump Media, Truth Social is establishing a “vibrant, family-friendly environment.”
TMTG also stated that it has no wish to dispute its business concerns publicly, but for the record, it has immediately answered all Google inquiries. In a press release issued on Tuesday, the firm also stated that it expects all Americans to have access to Truth Social regardless of the device they use and that it looks forward to Google approving Truth Social “at their earliest convenience.”
In early August, Trump Media and Technology Group made the app available for preorder on Android. It is available for download through Apple’s App Store. Google has suspended Trump’s YouTube channel. Truth Social is still available to Android users via the platform’s website.
The restriction is one of several challenges confronting the former President’s app. Truth Social was founded as a “free-speech” alternative to Twitter after Trump was barred from the platform for tweets about the Capitol incident on January 6. Hundreds of Trump supporters rushed the Capitol that day in an attempt to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump has around 88 million followers on Twitter and almost 4 million followers on Truth Social, where he continues promoting bogus election claims. In addition, he is under criminal investigation for secret government records he carried to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, and is exploring another bid for President.
Trump Media was planning to go public through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation, a special-purpose acquisition firm. The deadline is September 8, but DWAC is requesting a one-year extension. DWAC cautioned shareholders that a drop in the former President’s popularity could harm the app and that the acquisition business may have to liquidate if there is no delay.
A shareholder meeting has been called for September 6, two days before the current merger deadline. The company’s stock was down more than 2% on Tuesday, trading at $24.65, a long way from its top of almost $97 in March.
QAnon profiles thriving on Truth Social
Truth Social is frequently referred to as a “free speech” platform.
However, the app must be approved by Apple and Google before it can be downloaded on the great majority of the world’s phones.
Far from being a site of unrestricted free expression, Truth Social has several limits about what you may and cannot say.
In fact, Truth Social’s Terms of Service provide a lengthy list of what can and cannot be posted.
Mr. Trump built the platform, and it is where the former President chose to publish on social media. However, following last year’s US Capitol incident, Mr. Trump was barred from using Twitter and Facebook.
Truth Social, according to critics, has a problem with disinformation and hate speech.
A research published on Monday discovered 47 confirmed profiles on the platform that pushed QAnon conspiracy theories.