WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former President Donald Trump’s social media venture launched Monday on Apple’s app store.
- Trump’s return to social media comes as the U.S. celebrates Presidents’ Day.
- The platform, Truth Social, is not yet available to Android users.
Former President Donald Trump’s new social media app was launched Monday in Apple’s App Store. The platform, called Truth Social, marked Trump’s return to social media on the U.S. Presidents Day holiday.
The app, however, does not seem to be fully functional for all users.
On Monday, those who downloaded the app were asked to register to the network but were mostly added to a growing waitlist.
One beta tester who had early access to the platform said the app slowed down significantly Sunday evening when new users were being added in large numbers.
Former Rep. Devin Nunes had previously said Truth Social would be fully operational by the end of March. Nunes left Congress to head Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG).
“Our goal is, I think we’re going to hit it, I think by the end of March we’re going to be fully operational at least within the United States,” he added.
Truth Social is entering a competitive social media landscape occupied not only by giants like Facebook and Twitter but also by other apps catering to right-wing audiences.
Many of those platforms, including Parler and Gettr, saw their user bases explode after Trump was removed from major networks. But few have been able to sustain growth, partially because Trump himself never signed up for any of them.
Truth Social would restore Trump’s presence on social media. Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube following the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, after he was accused of inciting violence by posting messages.
On Feb. 15 Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr. posted on Twitter a screenshot of his father’s verified @realDonaldTrump Truth Social account with one post, or “truth,” that he uploaded on Feb. 14: “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!”