Former President Donald Trump’s social media platform made headlines this week after its application became the Google Play Store’s number one download.
Truth Social ahead of big-name companies
As Just The News reported on Friday, Truth Social’s application shot ahead of those provided by such big-name companies as Tik Tok, Amazon, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Former California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes serves as CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, the company which owns Truth Social, and he sounded a triumphant note.
“It took us a while to get here,” Nunes was quoted as telling Just The News. “But we’re glad to be here. So we’re hopeful now that everyone who has an Android can either go to the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store and download the app.”
“Our next feature to come out is direct messaging,” Nunes explained. “So that you can be not only in a social network and get your news, but people that you follow, and people that follow you — you’ll be able to communicate with them.”
The former congressman explained that the feature is “all part of us building out this separate ecosystem of giving the American people their voice.”
What’s more, Nunes declared that work is being done to eventually provide users with a free-speech “internet superhighway.”
“We have very dedicated people who believe in free speech and who work 24/7 around the clock,” he said. “I mean, this is how we’re able to do this.
“We’re constantly building and testing one brick at a time very. It’s very methodical, and just making sure that we can’t be taken down by a tech oligarch.”
Google Play Store ban lifted
CNBC noted that Truth Social’s appearance in the Google Play Store comes despite a previous decision to ban it due to concerns about content moderation.
“Apps may be distributed on Google Play provided they comply with our developer guidelines, including the requirement to effectively moderate user-generated content and remove objectionable posts such as those that incite violence,” a Google spokesperson told the news network on Wednesday.
CNBC pointed out that prior to the change, Truth Social users with Android phones were forced to either access the platform using their phone’s browser or by “side-loading” it through Truth Social’s website.