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Trump's Truth Social Is The Most Downloaded App On The Apple App Store, With Many People On The Waiting List

Trump's Truth Social Is The Most Downloaded App On The Apple App Store, With Many People On The Waiting List
Truth Social, former US President Donald Trump's newly created social media platform, debuted late Sunday in Apple's App Store. This is potentially a signal for the former president returning to social media after he was banned from a number of social media platforms last year.  
The software was released soon before midnight ET and was the most popular free app on the App Store on Monday morning. Those users that had pre-ordered the app had the software instantly downloaded to their Apple Inc devices.
Many customers said they had problems getting registered for an account on the platform or that they were put on a waiting list with a notice: "Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist."
According to Reuters, the software has been available to those who have been invited to use it throughout its testing period.
Following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by his supporters, Trump was banned from all of the major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet Inc's YouTube over accusations that the former president had posted statements that encouraged his supporters to engage in violence.
Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the venture that has funded Truth Social, is headed by former Republican US Representative Devin Nunes and with this venture, it gets into a growing list of technology firms that are touting themselves to be champions of free speech as they try to attract users wiht5 who have the perception that the more established mainstream social media platforms try to muzzle their voices.   
However, not even one of the emerging startups, including the likes of Gettr and Parler,  that position themselves to be rivals of Twitter, as well as the video-sharing platform Rumble that pits itself to be a competitor of YouTube, have managed to get users that are been remotely close to the user numbers and popularity of the established social media platforms. 
"This week we will begin to roll out on the Apple App Store. That's going to be awesome, because we're going to get so many more people that are going to be on the platform," Nunes said in a Sunday appearance on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo".
"Our goal is, I think we're going to hit it, I think by the by the end of March we're going to be fully operational at least within the United States," he added.
The initial public version of Truth Social, or version 1.0, was released a day ago, according to the app store page showing its version history, verifying a Reuters report. According to the website, the latest version 1.0.1 offers "bug fixes."
According to a source familiar with the situation, Nunes was on the app on Friday asking users to follow more accounts, share photographs and videos, and join in chats in an apparent attempt to increase activity.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Nunes welcomed a new user who seemed to be a Catholic priest and pushed him to get additional priests to join.
Even with more information about the app emerging into the public sphere, TMTG still remains cloaked in secret and is viewed with mistrust by those in the IT and media sectors. For example, it's unclear how the corporation plans to support its present expansion.
In an Oct. 21 news statement, TMTG stated it plans to list in New York through a merger with blank-check business Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) and stands to gain $293 million in cash held in a trust by DWAC, if no DWAC shareholder redeems their shares.
TMTG also secured $1 billion in committed funding from private investors in December, but that money will not be accessible until the DWAC purchase is completed.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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