Former President Donald Trump’s social media app Truth Social is now available on the Google Play Store (via CNBC). Google banned the app over “insufficient” content moderation policies in August.
In February, Truth Social launched its app on the Apple App Store before moving to the Google Play Store. It offers a Twitter-like social experience and markets itself as a platform that “encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation.”
Suppose apps comply with Google’s developer guidelines, including the requirement to moderate user-generated content and effectively remove posts that incite violence. In that case, Google will let them appear in the Play Store. As a result, the company has agreed that Google’s moderation measures will be enforced on user-generated content by Truth Social. Following the Capitol riots, Google also reinstated a similar app, Parler.
Furthermore, Truth Social has been facing financial difficulties related to its repeatedly delayed SPAC, which was also prohibited from launching on Android due to policy violations. Shell company Digital World Acquisition Corp, scheduled to merge with TMTG and go public, delayed the process on Monday and has now scheduled its shareholder vote for November 3rd.
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An ex-Trump Media executive has also filed a complaint against Trump Media alleging securities violations, which is currently being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Investors have already been warned that a drop in Trump’s popularity could negatively impact Digital World Acquisition Corp. As CNBC notes, investors have also doubted that Elon Musk will unban Trump from Twitter after completing his company purchase.