UNITED STATES: Truth Social, a social media app by former U.S. President Donald Trump, has received approval from Google to be made available in the Google Play Store.
Google announced on Wednesday that Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which runs Truth Social, will soon make the app accessible through the Play Store.
Devin Nunes, CEO of TMTG, said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Google, and we’re delighted they helped us finally deliver Truth Social to all Americans, regardless of what device they use.”
Previously, Google had turned down the app’s request for distribution, stating that it needed to address the fact that it contained violent threats and other content that was against Google’s rules. Alphabet Inc.-owned Google announced on Wednesday that Truth Social is now accessible.
In February, the Apple App Store hosted the launch of Truth Social in the United States. The Play Store did not previously offer Truth Social because of insufficient content control, a Google spokesperson stated in August.
The majority of smartphone users lack an accessible way to download Truth Social without the Google and Apple stores. The primary app store for Android users in the U.S. is Google’s Play Store.
Android users can get apps through rival app stores or download apps directly from websites, even though this typically requires extra processes and security approvals. About 40% of American smartphone sales are Android-based.
Following the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riots, when Trump was accused of posting messages encouraging violence, Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), Facebook (META.O), and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) banned him. More than a year later, Truth Social reinstated Trump’s social media presence.
TMTG has committed to providing an “engaging and censorship-free experience” on Truth Social, appealing to a constituency that feels its views on such contentious issues as the outcome of the 2020 presidential election have been erased from mainstream internet platforms.