October 2, 2022

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Donald Trump’s Truth Social Social Platform Banned From Google Play

The social media platform Truth Social, created by the Trump Media and Technology Group, is unavailable on the Google Play store due to concerns about content moderation, CNBC reports.

Google said the app does not have effective systems for moderating user-generated content, which violates the store’s terms and conditions.

On August 19th, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in the current submitted app and reiterated that having effective systems in place to moderate user-generated content is a condition of our terms and conditions for any app to be available on Google Play“, the technology company, which is owned by the Alphabet group, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Axios first wrote about Google’s statement.

The restriction means that users of Android devices, which represent 44% of US smartphone users, cannot download the app.

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Google will not let the app work until the content issues are resolved.

Truth Social acknowledged Google’s concerns and said it would work to resolve those issues, according to Axios.

Trump Media and Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes told a different story. The former lawmaker, who was one of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies in Congress, said the decision was up to Google and not Truth Social’s policies.

When will we be available on Android? Well, look, that depends on the Google Play Store. We are waiting for them to approve us, I don’t know what is taking so long. It would certainly be good if they would approve us,” Nunes said on the podcast “Just the News Not Noise”.

Google said Nunes’ statements misrepresent the ongoing dialogue between Trump Media and the Play store. Google reiterated that Truth Social’s violations and steps to fix them were clearly communicated to the company.

Trump Media and Technology Group made the app available for pre-order on Android in early August. The service is available in the Apple App Store.

YouTube, a division of Google, suspended Trump’s channel. Android users can still access Truth Social through the platform’s website.

The restriction is one of the many obstacles facing the former president’s application. Truth Social was created as an alternative to “free speech” on Twitter after Trump was banned from the platform for his tweets about the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Trump, who had about 88 million followers on Twitter, has about 4 million followers on Truth Social, where he continues to make false claims about the election. He faces a criminal investigation over secret government files he took with him to his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida and is considering another run for the White House.

Trump Media was to go public through a merger with Digital World Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. The deadline is September 8, although DWAC has requested a delay of up to a year.

DWAC warned shareholders that a decline in the former president’s popularity could affect the application and that, without delay, the acquiring company could be forced into liquidation.

DWAC has scheduled a shareholder meeting for September 6, two days before the current merger deadline. The company’s shares, which hit $97 in March, have fallen about 50% to $25 this year.

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