Former US President Donald Trump The Truth Social app has been approved by Google to be available for download in the Play Store on Android devices, the tech giant announced on Wednesday.
The app was kept off Google’s store due to the former’s lack of moderation tools, including for violent threats. Now, according to Google, Truth Social has been updated to comply with its policies prohibiting offensive posts, and has also gained effective systems for reporting and removing unwanted content as well as blocking abusers.
“Apps can be distributed on Google Play provided they comply with our developer guidelines, including the requirement to effectively moderate user-generated content and remove offensive posts such as those that incite violence,” said a spokesperson for the Mountain View, Calif.-headquartered company. .
Meanwhile, the former president’s Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) said on the development: “It’s been a pleasure working with Google and we’re delighted they helped us finally bring Truth Social to all Americans, regardless of what the device they use.”
What is Truth Social?
The service was announced by Trump in October 2021 in response to his permanent suspension from Twitter in January because of his “encouraging tweets” following the riots at the US Capitol. Launched in February 2022, Truth Social is only available in the US and is described by its website as “America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.”
The Republican has a whopping 4.18 million followers on his own social media website. In comparison, he had 88.8 million followers on Twitter and 35.4 million on Facebook. In June last year, the 76-year-old turned 76 suspended from Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram for at least 2 years, effective January 7 of that year, due to remarks about violence at the Capitol.
(With input from AFP)