Donald Trump’s ‘truth-telling’ app set for debut – media — Analysis

After being banned from Twitter and Facebook, the former US President is set to return to social media.

After more than a year off major social media platforms, former US President Donald Trump could potentially be back as early as Monday, with the expected launch of his own network, ‘Truth Social’, Reuters has learned.

The media outlet cites an online Q&A session that Truth Social’s chief product officer, Billy B., held late Friday with people who had already been invited to test out the app. When asked by one of the Beta-testers when Truth Social would be available for the general public, the executive reportedly said that Truth Social’s team was “The Apple App store will release the app on Monday, February 21, at 11:59 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. posted a Twitter message on February 16th indicating that his dad could be soon returning to the social media world. This is a hint that he was effectively blocked for more than one year since the January 6th, 2021 storming of Capitol Hill. The tweet featured a screenshot of his father’s Truth Social account with a post reading “Be ready! You will soon be greeted by your favorite president”  

However, former US Representative Devin Nunes, who is currently serving as CEO at Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), has said publicly in recent weeks that the network would be launched by the end of March.

TMTG has not yet issued an official statement.

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Truth Social is a proponent of freedom of speech. It also offers an alternative to major social media platforms, some of which are accused of abusing their power by suppressing opinions they don’t like. Not much is known about the app’s functionality at this point; however, the same Q&A session by Truth Social’s chief product officer which Reuters cited reportedly shed light on some of the features. Among them are direct messages between users, a notification option that would allow a user to keep abreast of others’ posts, plus the ability to blacklist people who the user does not wish to communicate with.

For now, users will not be able to edit their posts, known as ‘truths’.

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