Overview: This article explores why Truth Social is App Store #1 currently in social networking section.
Truth Social, a social network endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has risen to the top of the Apple App Store’s free app rankings just over 12 hours after its launch.
The Twitter-like software encourages users to “express your own opinion” and claims to be “politically discrimination-free.” Trump’s Truth Social opens a year after the twice-impeached US president was permanently banned from Twitter and several other prominent online platforms for his role in the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Truth Social is the highest-ranking free app on the App Store in the United States as of this writing. Talking Ben the Dog, HBO Max, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Messenger, and Peacock TV round out the Top 10. Truth Social is also the most popular app in the “Social Networking” category on the App Store.
“What makes Truth Social different!? We are a social media platform that is free from political discrimination. Join us and share, communicate, and have fun!” the app’s description reads. This may be cited as one of the primary reasons why Truth Social is App Store’s #1.
While it appears to have sparked widespread interest, many users who sought to sign up for Truth Social accounts on Monday (Feb. 21) have reported receiving “Something went wrong” error messages. When they try to sign up, they are told, “Please try again.” Truth Social is at App Store #1 position regardless.
“Apple released the Truth Social application in the App Store at 23:00 20 February,” a message on the Truth Social status page posted at 11:24 p.m. ET Sunday said. “The Truth Social application is online, although user creation is currently rate-limited during our rollout. We will expand capacity over the coming hours to enable more users to join Truth Social.”
It’s unclear whether Trump intends to use Truth Social as an active user. On a podcast hosted by Sebastian Gorka (Trump’s ex-deputy national security adviser), Devin Nunes, a former Republican congressman who left Congress to become the CEO of TMTG, said last week that Truth Social will be “fully operational” by the end of March, when “anyone can get on the platform within the United States at any time.”
The Truth Social app for Android is supposedly in the works, but there’s no word on when it will be released. The Google Play Store is “coming soon,” according to a placeholder on the company’s website.
Trump Media & Technology Group, the business behind the app, originally stated that it would launch in the first quarter of 2022. TMTG’s purpose is to “establish a challenger to the liberal media consortium and fight back against Silicon Valley’s ‘Big Tech’ businesses, who have exploited their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America,” according to its website.
Through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, TMTG will become a publicly traded corporation (SPAC).
TMTG also announced the development of a subscription streaming service with “non-woke” programming, led by Scott St. John, a former executive producer of series like “Deal or No Deal” and “America’s Got Talent.”