The new Truth Social network for former US President Donald Trump was launched late Sunday night (local time) on the Apple App Store. Truth Social appeared on the App Store just before midnight and was automatically placed on the devices of users who had already pre-booked the app. Some users are said to have received a message when creating an account that they were put on a waiting list “because of the huge amount of interest”.
At the moment, the app is only available to Apple users. It is not yet known when Truth Social will also appear in the Google Play Store. According to Devin Nunes, a former congressman and director of the Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), the social network should be expanded further next time so that more users can download the app. The application should be fully operational in the US by the end of March.
The launch appears to mark a comeback for Trump on social media, having previously been banned from multiple platforms. His Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts have been deleted after he was accused of sedition following the storming of the Capitol in Washington on January 6 last year.
In October, plans for the Truth Social platform surfaced. The launch will begin soon, but it wasn’t clear after that for a long time. TMTG says it wants to offer an alternative to Twitter and later also wants to bring in news, podcasts and entertainment.