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Former US President Donald Trump Launches New Social Media App

After being banned from Twitter, Trump’s own brand of social media is finally live.

Image of Truth Social landing page on the website.
Credit: TRUTH Social Webpage

TRUTH Social is Donald Trump’s new social media platform and went live on February 20, 2022. Since launching it has started trending as one of the top apps available in the Apple App Store. It is currently unavailable in the Google Play Store, with no news on when it will be launching for Android devices.

According to the launch page for TRUTH Social it “is America’s “Big Tent” social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.” However, the app has been largely seen for those in the MAGA camp and those with right-wing ideologies.

Currently, new users are no longer able to sign up for new TRUTH accounts as the site and the app have been bogged down by all the subscribers. There is a TRUTH Social status page you can follow for more information on when new users will be allowed to sign up. You also have the option of signing up to be on the TRUTH Social waiting list, if you prefer to go that route.

TRUTH Social is a direct result of Donald Trump’s famous banned from Twitter after repeatedly posting false and misleading information on, well, everything. Not only did he continuously spew idiocy about mask mandates, the COVID-19 vaccine, and immigrants, he began casting doubt upon the voting process in the States. According to Twitter’s blog, Trump was officially banned in January of 2021 and they cited the reason as the “Glorification of Violence”.

This refers to two tweets from Trump on January 8, 2021, one where he touts how many people voted for him in the 2020 Presidential Election and an additional tweet from later that day saying he was not going to the Inauguration of President Biden. These tweets came mere days after the violent insurrection on the US Capital building where dozens of police officers were injured and one died.

HERSHEY, PA - DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump looks left toward the crowd as he delivers a speech at a "Thank You Tour" rally held at the Giant Center.
HERSHEY, PA – DECEMBER 15, 2016: President-Elect Donald Trump looks left toward the crowd as he delivers a speech at a “Thank You Tour” rally held at the Giant Center. CREDIT: Shutterstock | Evan El-Amin

Trump was also banned from Facebook and briefly from YouTube following the ban from Twitter. Whereas his ban from Twitter is indefinite, his ban from Facebook is for two years and ends in 2023. Trump’s YouTube channel is still up, but no new videos have been added in a year.

Freedom of Speech is paramount to the US’s identity and constitution. We know with confidence we can write, talk, and gather to share ideas without fear of being censored. But we also know we can’t walk into a crowded theater and start screaming “FIRE” because that would cause panic and people could be harmed. Is it right then that a person, like Trump, who is so much like a person screaming “FIRE” in a crowded theater should be allowed to keep causing panic?

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