Trump’s new app Truth Social tops App Store downloads
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 means 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.
After its launch, new users of Truth Social reportedly had issues signing up for the free app or were placed on a waitlist that cited “massive demand" soon after the launch.
According to research from Apptopia, Truth Social was downloaded 170,000 times since its launch. With that, the app topped downloads on Apple Inc.’s App Store.
Digital World’s shares jumped 14% to US$96.36.
Some people say it’s the hype that is unlikely to be sustained. Others aren’t too sure, saying that the former president does have a huge and loyal following, and it depends on how good his base thinks the app is, which can only be determined over time.
You drive the stories at TMS. DM us which headline you want us to explain, or email us.