Trump’s new social media app tops Apple rankings on first day — Analysis
Truth Social claims to have more than 150,000 members on its waiting list as iPhone owners sign up
Former US President Donald Trump’s new social media platform has debuted with more user demand than it can handle, instantly leading Apple’s app store in new downloads for free apps, and drawing a lengthy waiting list.
Truth Social rose to the top on Monday as it became available for iPhone users. It beat out other apps like TikTok and YouTube. For Android users or those outside of the US, it isn’t yet available.
Apple customers who ordered Truth Social on Monday could download the app. Many tried to join but couldn’t register. They received an error message and were told this. “Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist.”
CNN reported that there were more than 150,000 applicants to the waiting list on Day One of Release. Some would-be users said that Tuesday’s virtual queue reached over 370,000.
Trump ally Devin Nunes, the former Republican congressman who is now chief executive of the ex-president’s media company, has said that Truth Social aims to be “fully operational”At the close of March “anyone can get on the platform within the United States at any time.”
Platforms that advertise themselves as free speech platforms have experienced strong demand, despite increasing complaints from Big Tech giants like YouTube and Facebook about their censorship. After the Capitol riot, Parler was expelled from the three platforms during his final days as president. Parler crashed its systems in the latter part of 2020 because it was overwhelmed by so many new users. And the platform was shut down in January 2021, when Amazon terminated its web-hosting services, but it later re-emerged with a new host and offered a version with stricter content controls to regain access to Apple’s app store.
Truth Social has a Twitter-like design. “truths”Instead of “tweets”And “retruths”Instead of “retweets.”According to reports, downloads are being monitored with daily limits.
Trump’s fledgling media company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), landed $1 billion in funding commitments in December, a feat that Trump touted as a harbinger of success. “$1 billion sends an important message to Big Tech that censorship and political discrimination must end,”He said it at that time.