After various platforms imposing a ban last year, Donald Trump’s return to social media is off to a rocky start. Donald Trump started a new social media venture, ‘Truth Social,’ launched on Apple’s App Store, brings errors, failures, and impending questions.
Despite being available for users to app download in Apple devices shortly before midnight Eastern Time and automatically downloading.’ The app prevented many users from creating an account whose users ‘had pre-ordered it.’
After so many attempts to register an account with a message, other users have reported adding to a waitlist. Further, they have placed users on our waitlist because of the massive demand for the message.
The app bears a great similarity to Twitter, to which Truth Social is positioning itself as an uncensored alternative. Twitter declined to comment on whether it planned to take any action against Truth Social for copyright infringement.
Still, it was the most useful free app available on the App Store. The media previously reported that the app was made available to people invited to use it during its testing phase.
Banned Trump from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube following the attack on the United States Capitol by his supporters in January 2021, after being accused of posting messages that incited violence.
Former Republican U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes led the ‘Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG’) behind Truth Social app. It joined a growing portfolio of technology companies positioning themselves as champions of free speech. They hope to attract users who feel the suppression of their views on more established platforms.
None of the newer companies, including Twitter competitors Gettr and Parler and video site Rumble, have so far come close to matching the popularity of their mainstream counterparts.
Nunes said they would start rolling out to the Apple App Store that week. That would be ‘amazing’ because they would have many more people on the platform.
He added that their goal was going to make it. He thinks they would be fully operational by the end of March, at least within the United States.
The app store page of ‘Truth Social‘ detailing its version history showed its first public version, or version 1.0. It was available a day ago, confirming a media report. According to the page, the current version 1.0.1 includes bug fixes.
Nunes was on the app. It urged the users to follow more accounts, share photos and videos, and engage in conversations. It was an apparent attempt to increase activity.
He welcomed a new user who appears to be a Catholic priest among his posts. According to the same person, he encouraged the priest to invite more priests to join.
Even as details of the app begin to leak, TMTG remains largely mantled in confidentiality. Further, people viewed it with cynicism by some in media and tech circles. It’s unclear, for example, how the company is financing its growth.
TMTG plans to list New York through a merger with a blank check firm, Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC). It expects to receive $293 million in cash that DWAC holds in trust. And they are assuming no DWAC shareholders redeem their shares, TMTG said in a press release last year.
TMTG raised $1 billion in committed financing from private investors; that money will not be available until the DWAC settlement ends.
According to a regulatory filing, the ‘Digital World’ activities have come under scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The deal is likely to come into being in a month or two.