Former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform, Truth Social, is now live in the Apple app store.
Before Monday’s launch, sources close to the team had said that the launch date would be on Feb. 21 to coincide with President’s Day. However, a full-scale rollout worldwide may not occur until later in March.
By Monday morning, several high-profile personalities had shared on Twitter that they were live on Truth Social.
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) February 18, 2022
The launch restores Trump’s presence on social media more than a year after being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube after he was accused of inciting violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Last week, Donald Trump Jr. posted a screenshot on Twitter showing his father’s verified @realDonaldTrump Truth Social account with one post. The image showed a simple note from the former President, “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!”
Time for some Truth!!! pic.twitter.com/jvyteDb5gW
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 15, 2022
Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the parent company of Truth Social, will join a growing portfolio of technology companies that advocate for free speech. The company, led by former Republican U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, hopes to draw users who feel their opinions are being censored on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
There has yet to be any similar social media startup to rival the impact and user base of the legacy social media platforms. Gettr, Parler, and video site Rumble have seen significant growth in recent months but fall far short of their mainstream counterparts.
Those who have already joined the new Truth Social platform include Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn, Arizona gubernatorial GOP candidate Kari Lake, Arizona Senator Wendy Rogers, Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ryan Fournier, founder of Students for Trump.
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) February 20, 2022
Many other prominent conservative leaders have joined Truth Social, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and Dan Bongino.