Donald Trump declared in October that he was going to start a new technological firm.
“I created Truth Social… to stand up to the tyranny of big tech,” he said.
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter yet your favourite American president has been silenced.”
The software was introduced on Presidents’ Day, February 21, but has been plagued by issues six weeks later. It has an approximately 1.5 million people on the waiting list who are unable to use it.
Truth Social resembles Twitter, which barred Trump from posting after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Twitter said that Donald Trump incited violence by falsely claiming that the presidential election had been “stolen.” On January 8, 2021, he was given a lifetime ban.
Truth Social may resemble Twitter, but it isn’t available on Android phones, web browsers, or, it appears, to the majority of people outside the United States.
“It’s been a disaster,” Joshua Tucker, director of NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics, said.
“Nobody appears to know what’s going on,” said a Republican associate of Trump who did not want to be identified.
Truth Social was one of the most downloaded apps on the App Store on February 21st, however many of those who downloaded it were unable to use it.
This issue was expected to be rectified quickly, and Trump would begin posting his “truths” in the coming days, but neither of these things occurred.
My registration attempt this week was placed at 1,419,631 on the waiting list.
While YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook are among the top ten most downloaded applications, Truth Social is not among the top 100, according to Similar Web.
Many prominent voices on the American right have stayed away, so those who find their way in may find the app a little barren.
According to another survey, downloads have dropped by as much as 95%.
Many people are dissatisfied.
“Signed up for Truth Social a couple weeks ago and still on a waiting list,” one Twitter user said, on Tuesday.
“By the time I’m off the waiting list and on to Truth Social for real, Trump will be President again,” joked another.
Truth Social’s CEO Devin Nunes stated that the company hoped to be “completely operational” by the end of March.
Experts are mystified as to why the app is having so many issues.
Truth Social’s connection with Rumble, a video-sharing platform that resembles YouTube, has been cited by some.
Rumble, which is popular among conservatives and the far right, was expected to supply the site’s infrastructure with a “vital backbone.”
But, if Truth Social is experiencing server issues, why has it taken so long to resolve them?
“It should take a few days to fix, not six weeks,” a Republican source close to Trump said.
“There’s always going to be hiccups at the beginning – but at this point, I would have thought it would have been resolved.
“Nobody seems to understand why.”
Trump is reportedly enraged, questioning why more people aren’t utilising Truth Social.
He has about 750,000 followers, yet has not released a “truth” in over a month.
Donald Trump’s most recent Truth Social post was in mid-February.
“Maybe they’re holding him back,” Tucker said.
“That’s his last chance to launch it – when suddenly Trump comes in and starts being really active on it, that will get a buzz.”
Despite its bad press, Truth Social has the potential to compete with Gab and Gettr.
Trump retains his star power, and any “free speech” app would go to great lengths to have him on board.
Truth Social, on the other hand, has recently gotten a little awkward.
A platform that was expected to be able to take on Silicon Valley’s giants has struggled to get off the ground.
(Adapted from EuroWeeklyNews.com)