IN the week that Elon Musk struck a deal to purchase Twitter, Donald Trump's Truth Social reportedly topped the Apple free apps download charts.
New data suggests that the social media platform, owned by the Trump Media and Technology Group, has been installed more than 1.4 million time since its launch on Monday, February 21, 2022.
How can I download the Truth Social app?
While the app may be available for download on the App Store, the service still appears to be limited.
After downloading the app, users are met with a waitlist to access the service; currently, the list has over 150,000 users.
Following the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Trump faced a number of suspensions from mainstream social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Because of this, he opted into creating his own platform.
Although not yet available via Google Play Store, the official website notes the app is coming soon.
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What is the Truth Social app?
Truth Social is similar to Twitter, where users will have the ability to share "truths" as opposed to tweets.
The main newsfeed is referred to as the "truthfeed," and those who re-share others' posts will be "retruthing."
Partnering with Rumble in December of 2021, Truth Social's terms of service forbids users from their right to "disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site."
Why did Trump create Truth Social?
After receiving a permanent ban from Twitter, Trump announced he was creating his own platform – Truth Social.
The reality star turned politician claimed that it would "stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech."
"We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American president has been silenced," Trump said in a statement at the time.
The former President posted on the platform for the first time on April 25, 2022 as he vowed not not to return to Twitter despite Elon Musk's $44billion takeover.
Speaking to Fox News, Trump said, "I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH."
"I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH."
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