Trump’s social media platform Truth Social off to a rocky start

Trump’s social media platform Truth Social off to a rocky start
The Truth social network app icon is seen in the IOS app store in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The backstory:

  • Former United States President Donald Trump is launching a social media platform similar to Twitter and calling it Truth Social.
  • According to Trump, the new platform is meant to “fight back against Big Tech,” the platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, that blocked him earlier this year.
  • “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. “This is unacceptable.” He also added, “I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech.”
  • Some reports have said that he’s been working on a platform like this one since right after he left the White House last January.
  • In October last year, Trump said he planned on merging his media company with a blank-check company called Digital World Acquisition Corp., but that’s facing some legal problems.
  • The app launched on Presidents Day and has reportedly been in testing since December. It’s also been telling users that there’s a lengthy waiting list.

The development:

  • But after launching yesterday, Truth Social got off to a rocky start. Some of its users, for example, were unable to register, and others received error messages.
  • The app’s logo has also been said to be similar to Trailar Ltd.’s, which is a small United Kingdom-based sustainable transport company.

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