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It took awhile, but former President Donald Trump is prepping to finally launch his own genuine social media network.
Set to go live on Apple’s App Store as early as Monday, Truth Social is designed to promote genuine “inclusivity.” The app’s Apple “Pre-Order” page describes it as a “big tent” where everybody is welcome.
“Think of a giant outdoor event tent at your best friend’s wedding. Who’s there? The combination of multiple families from all over the United States, and the world. Uncle Jim from Atlanta is a proud libertarian. Aunt Kellie from Texas is a staunch conservative,” the description reads.
“Your cousin John from California is a die-hard liberal. And guess what? They’re all together to have an amazing time and share their viewpoints of the world. Although we don’t always agree with each other, we welcome these varied opinions and welcome the conversation.”
According to an exclusive Reuters report published late last week, a couple hundred beta users are already live on Truth Social, as is the former president himself.
Time for some Truth!!! pic.twitter.com/jvyteDb5gW
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 15, 2022
They all reportedly went live last Tuesday.
“Liz Willis, a correspondent and vice president of operations at Right Side Broadcasting Network, [said] she received an email Tuesday stating that ‘T Media Tech LLC has invited you to test Truth Social,'” Reuters noted.
“Willis was able to download the app on her iPhone through the beta testing site TestFlight, the Apple-owned product that developers use prior to launching their apps in the App Store. Users have been posting on this version of Truth Social for the past 24 hours, Willis said Wednesday morning.”
Conservative podcaster Wayne Dupree has reportedly also been testing the site.
“I can see my participation in Truth Social outgrowing Twitter because it seems I am not suppressed like I have been on Twitter, since 2016. I want to share my single dad chronicles. I want my followers to see I am more than politics and I feel Truth Social is going to allow my audience to see me as Twitter purposely does not,” he said to Reuters.
As of Thursday, the day Reuters’ report dropped, the site still had some issues. There was reportedly no edit button, and direct messaging was yet to be installed.
It was hoped that these issues were all resolved by late Saturday, when Reuters published a follow-up report announcing a possible Feb. 21st launch date.
“[S]creenshots seen by Reuters show the app is now at version 1.0, suggesting it has reached a level ready for public release. As late as Wednesday, it was at version 0.9, according to two people with access to that version,” the outlet reported.
Reuters also revealed that the CEO overseeing the app’s development and rollout is none other than former Rep. Devin Nunes.
Nunes has long been a proponent of conservatives developing their own social media networks:
Eerily quiet here in the Twitter Sewer. Thought for a second I went to MySpace by accident. Many people I follow have been vaporized by left wing tech tyrants. Hopefully they will reappear on Parler and Rumble… pic.twitter.com/wU5lKM6V9c
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) November 12, 2020
And indeed, during an appearance Sunday morning on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes expressed great excitement about the upcoming launch, though he did share a caveat about the site’s operability.
“This week we will begin to roll out on the Apple App Store. That’s going to be awesome, because we’re going to get so many more people that are going to be on the platform,” he said.
But he then added that his goal is to have the app “fully operational” by the end of March.
“Our goal is, I think we’re going to hit it, I think by the by the end of March we’re going to be fully operational at least within the United States,” were his exact words.
It’s not claim if any of the lack of operability he mentioned was a reference to the technical glitches reported by Reuters.
Either way, the app’s key “selling point” — though to be clear, it’s being offered for free — will be its lack of oppressive censorship and annoying ads.
The only supposed “censorship” will be rules forbidding users from smearing the site and/or hassling its employees.
“Truth Social says users cannot ‘disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.’ There are also clauses stating that users cannot ‘harass, annoy, intimidate, or threaten any of our employees or agents engaged in providing any portion of the Site to you’ and that Truth Social reserves ‘the right to remove, reclaim, or change a username you select if we determine, in our sole discretion, that such username is inappropriate, obscene, or otherwise objectionable,'” NBC News lamented in a report published in October.
Members of the left seized on the report to argue that Truth Social isn’t really taking a stand against censorship. The legions of conservatives who’ve been banned from Twitter for merely expressing an opinion about ANYTHING disagree …
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