A group of his supporters raided the U.S. two days prior. When Donald Trump attacked the Capitol Building, police, and erected a gallows for Mike Pence, who was vice president at the time, he was abruptly banned from Twitter. Trump’s primary method of reaching out to the public and the media was via social media.
Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter and a former CEO, now claims that it was wrong to remove Trump from the network when he was in charge of the operation at the time.
Billionaire Elon Musk said in April that if he bought Twitter, he would reinstate the former president, when he made a $44 billion bid ($54.20 per share) for the company that he later withdrew. That wasn’t his mindset on January 14, 2021, when he said that banning Trump “was the right decision.”
Truth Social platform
Trump made the decision to launch Truth Social, a social media platform modeled after Twitter, in October. While the app is accessible to iOS users through the App Store, Google only enables pre-registration for the app through the Play Store.
According to another news outlet, Google claims that the app lacks a way for regulating user content that violates the Play Store’s conditions. “On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” Google said in a statement released today.
Android users in the United States—who account for 44% of all smartphone users in the nation—cannot download Truth Social because of a Google prohibition.
According to another media outlet, Google has certain requirements for Truth Social, and the search engine is quoted as saying, “Last week Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues.”
While Truth Social has a “sensitive material” banner that appears before some postings and states, “This content may not be suitable for all audiences,” content that threatens violence stays on the network.
In the meanwhile, Truth Social is dealing with issues other than Google. Report says the platform owes $1.6 million to one of its IT vendors, a conservative infrastructure startup called RightForge, for cloud hosting services. Right Forge CEO Martin Avila, on the other hand, stated, “RightForge is committed to servicing the client. We were there from the ground floor and we support the president and all of his endeavors and we’re committed to building a free speech American ideas based internet.”
There are further concerns. Trump’s application to trademark the name “Truth Social” was denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Securities regulators are looking into another business called Digital World Acquisition Corp., which seeks to take the platform public.”
Google VS Truth Social
Politicians should be familiar with the CEO of Truth Social, which is owned by Trump Media and Technology Group. Former House member Devin Nunes presided over the House Intelligence Committee from 2015 to 2019. Nunes, one of Trump’s most dependable lieutenants in Congress, is now in charge of the Trump business, which owns Truth Social.
On the “Just the News Not Noise” podcast, Nunes contradicts Google by stating, “When are we going to be available on Android? Well, look, that’s up to the Google Play store. We’re waiting on them to approve us, I don’t know what’s taking so long. It sure would be nice if they would approve us.”
Google claimed that Nunes’ words misrepresented the problem company is having with the platform. The Alphabet division claims to have discussed with the business the grounds on which Google will not permit the app to be published in the Play Store. Truth Social is merely attempting to establish a “vibrant, family-friendly environment,” according to Trump Media in response.
“TMTG has no desire to litigate its business matters in the public sphere, but for the record, has promptly responded to all inquiries from Google. It is our belief that all Americans should have access to Truth Social no matter what devices they use. We look forward to Google approving Truth Social at their earliest convenience,” the company adds.
In contrast to the 88 million people who follow him on Twitter, Donald Trump is thought to currently have 4 million Truth Social followers.
If 44% of American smartphone users can’t use the platform, it won’t be easy for it to succeed. iPhone users can download the app through the App Store, where it is now ranked 19th among free social networking apps for the iPhone, as we previously mentioned.