Trump’s new app Truth Social tops App Store downloads

Trump’s new app Truth Social tops App Store downloads
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

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 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.

The development:

  • 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.

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