Trump’s replacement on Twitter looked ‘disastrous’

Trump's replacement on Twitter looked 'disastrous'

When the Truth Social app appeared on the Apple App Store in the US at the end of February, the app immediately took first place in the list of the most downloaded free apps. But it soon became clear that many users were not yet able to access the platform. Due to the huge interest, many users were put on hold, until the capacity was expanded.

In the meantime, the problems still persist and the app appears to be unusable. The queue has grown to about a million and a half users who don’t know when they will be able to access the Truth Social. The Twitter clone is no longer already in the top 100 downloaded apps in the US. Downloads from Truth Social are said to have fallen by more than 95 percent since its launch.

‘Fully ready by the end of March’

At the launch of the app, Devin Nunes, CEO of parent company Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), said the app should be fully operational by the end of March. But in the meantime, the problems seem to persist. According to insiders, there is no logical explanation for this.

“It’s a disaster,” said Joshua Tucker, director of the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University. According to a Republican Insider source, server problems should usually not last more than a few days. “No one seems to understand why it’s taking so long.”

Because of the problems, a few of the top executives at Truth Social have resigned. Josh Adams and Billy Bowser, the company’s heads of technology and product development respectively, declined to say why they did so. However, according to insiders, the two were playing a key role within the company, further jeopardizing development after their resignations.

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Donald Trump himself also appears to be angry that launching Truth Social is so hard. The ex-president himself has around 750,000 followers on the app, but he hasn’t posted anything for over a month.

A copy of Twitter

Truth Social is Trump’s alternative to Twitter after that platform banned him for life. It happened after Trump appeared to encourage rioters to invade the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In the end, five people died in the storm.

The app bears some striking similarities with its biggest rivals. Tweets are marked as “facts”. The retweet has the creative name “re-Truths”. Users also get a timeline of facts that are very similar to those of Twitter.

However, what should set the app apart from the competition is its focus on freedom of expression. Ironically, stories of censorship soon began appearing on the Truth Social. For example, programmer Matt Ortega was banned from the app without even posting a single fact. This was done because his account name mocked Nunes, CEO of TMTG.

Truth Social’s terms of use state that users are not allowed to “disparage, defame, defame, or otherwise harm us and/or the Site”.

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