Former US President Donald Trump’s media group to launch its long-promised social network in February.
According to a listing at Apple’s App Store, a ‘Truth Social’ app is expected to be available on February 21, the listing showed, before going live on the US Presidents’ Day holiday and will have features similar to online connection tools found at Facebook.
Similar to Twitter, the app offers features to follow other people and trending topics, according to demo photos. Its message equivalent of a tweet will be dubbed “truth”.
The 75-year-old former president Donald Trump was thrown off Twitter — his preferred communication conduit while president — as well as Facebook and YouTube after last year’s January 6 insurrection, in which a mob of Trump supporters, riled up by his repeated false claims that the November 2020 election was stolen from him, assaulted the US Capitol.
Trump says the new platform will be an alternative to Silicon Valley internet companies that he says are biased against him and other conservative voices. The social network is currently being used by invited guests as it readies for public launch, according to Trump Media and Technology Group.
Truth Social will join an already crowded market of social networks popular among conservatives and members of the far-right. Getter was launched in early July by a former Trump adviser, while Parler and Gab are already favoured by the real estate mogul’s supporters.
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