On Presidents Day, Donald Trump finally launched its social media app, Social Truth, after hyping the platform as a digital space where users can be “free from political discrimination”. But if the former president was hoping for a triumphant return to social media after being temporarily kicked out of Twitter and Facebook for inciting an uprising, what he got instead was an exit. eyes are hindered by technical problems.
People want to sign up for the app: It holds the number one spot on the Apple App Store’s “top free apps” chart as of Tuesday afternoon. But aspiring users have encountered countless glitches and long wait times. Some trying to get in on Mondays are simply forward to the “access denied” error page. When I tried to sign up on Tuesday, I passed the email confirmation, but hit a dead end before I could complete my registration. “Error! An error occurred. Please try again later. Please try again”, application stated after I filled out the last registration form. (Obviously I did well during this maze: It took a Business Insider reporter five tries even pass the initial email confirmation step.) Many of those who were able to create an account were greeted with a new opt-out message — a temporary and friendlier one. It read: “Thank you for participating! Due to great demand, we have put you on our waiting list. We love you, and you are more than just another number to us,” according to a screenshot shared on Twitter. The waiting list seems to be over 100,000 names.
If Trump’s rightists are curious about reading the terms of service they are supposed to agree to before using the platform, too bad. Some users get “access denied” message while trying to view the app’s Terms page. Truth Social also report “partial outage” on Monday due to “app launch traffic”, lasting more than a dozen hours. Also, Daily Dot, a tech news website, on Sunday exposed a notable security bug in the app, as the developer beta was mistakenly left open to the public. This logistical flaw allowed the Daily Dot to not only register the username @realDonaldTrump — Trump’s preferred treatment — but also uncover an account praising the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. (The store isn’t sure if the “Papa Pinochet” account was created in earnest or just used to test the effectiveness of the app’s content moderation system.)
And of course it wouldn’t be a real Trump business venture without the possible legal troubles. In a viral tweet, one Twitter user noted that Truth Social’s logo closely resembles the logo used by Trailar, a UK-based fuel economy company. Head of Marketing at Trailar told the Daily Beast that the company is “seeking legal advice on to understand the next steps and options available to protect our trademarks”. (Trump Media & Technology Corporation did not immediately respond to Vanity Fairrequest comment on the logo controversy and its buggy launch date.)
The difficult implementation, however, does not appear to have shaken investor confidence in Truth Social. Digital World Acquisition Corp., the white check company that backs Truth Social, saw its shares rise 14%, with its price per share rising to $96.36 on Tuesday, according to Reuters. That post-launch share price marks the highest the company has seen since announcing in October that it would publicly list Trump Media & Technology Corporation.
Financial backers of TMTG who have purposefully provided $1 billion invested in the company, presumably expecting the technical issues to be resolved within the next month. Devin Nunes, a former GOP legislator and current CEO of Trump Media & Technology Corporation, note on sunday that Truth Social will be fully operational in the US by the end of March. Even if the problems have been fixed and Trump’s dream is to create a platform that “[stands] until the tyranny of Big Tech”, users of the app will remain censored if they violate its censorship policies. Nunes last month speak that the site would be “very family-friendly,” adding that the platform would be “a very safe place and we’re focused on making sure any illegal content isn’t on the site.” Kevin Guo, who runs an AI company that Truth Social has recruited to moderate user content, said posts containing “nudity, drugs, violence, hate speech, spam and bullying” will be censorship in a “very proactive” but apolitical way.
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