Truth Social, Donald Trump’s social networking business, debuted late Sunday in Apple’s App Store, perhaps signaling the former leader’s return to social networking sites after being banned from multiple sites last year.
The software went live soon before midnight ET and was promptly installed on Apple Inc devices belonging to consumers who pre-ordered it.
Some users said they were unable to set up an account or have been placed on a queue with the notice “Due to tremendous demand, we have put you on the waitlist.”
Donald Trump’s Truth Social Is A Platform For Unpopular Opinions
According to Reuters, the software has been available to those who have been invited to use it throughout its testing period.
Following the attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, he was banned from Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc, and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube after he was accused of posting statements encouraging violence.
Donald Trump’s Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the enterprise behind Truth Social, is led by former Republican US Representative Devin Nunes. Truth joins a growing portfolio of technology companies positioning themselves as champions of free speech in the hopes of attracting consumers who feel their opinions are oppressed on more established platforms.
So far, none of the emerging startups, such as Twitter rivals Parler and Gettr, as well as video site Rumble, have begun to compare the mainstream equivalents’ popularity.
The initial public version of Donald Trump’s Truth Social, or version 1.0, was released a day ago, according to the app store page showing its version history, verifying a Reuters report. According to the website, the latest version 1.0.1 offers “bug fixes.”
According to a source familiar with the situation, Nunes was on the platform on Friday asking users to follow new accounts, share photographs and videos, and join in chats in an obvious attempt to increase activity.