Big Tech social media companies were put on notice late Sunday night, as former President Donald Trump’s brand new, censorship-free social media platform, called TRUTH Social, was made available for Apple users in the United States, Fox Business reports.
It should be noted that the app was only apparently available for those who pre-ordered the app before its launch, and the company behind the platform told Fox that it’s rolling out in a staged approach, given the predicted insane demand for new accounts.
In the months and weeks leading up to the launch of the highly-anticipated platform, a number of conservative influencers on Twitter were provided beta access, with some of them sharing sneak previews of how the app looks.
President Trump’s FIRST POST on Truth Social. Stay tuned for our pages coming soon! pic.twitter.com/6gCCEU3Y4j
— ACT For America (@ACTforAmerica) February 16, 2022
As to be expected of any new app, especially one that has the potential to garner tens of millions of users right off the bat, the rollout of TRUTH Social on Sunday night was a tad bit rocky, according to numerous reports across social media.
Users appeared to have problems creating their accounts, only to receive error messages in the process. However, the initial bumpiness was presumably due to the overwhelming number of users attempting to sign on at the same time.
NOW: Donald Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ app goes live in Apple App Store but most who are attempting to join get an error message. pic.twitter.com/gAkbTDWQ6j
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 21, 2022
As time passed, users were able to create accounts, but were immediately placed on a “waitlist,” and assigned a number, akin to a number one would receive while standing in line at the local deli. The app promised to notify users when they were to be granted full access to the app.
Former Rep. Devin Nunes, who now serves as CEO of the TMTG group behind the app, promised on Sunday during a Fox News interview that “every day we bring on more and more Americans and we’re getting to you as quickly as possible.”
TRUTH Social’s biggest selling point for conservative voices, aside from the fact that the former president will finally be back on social media, is the idea that there will finally exist a platform where their views can be freely shared without the fear of being suspended or banned.
If the plan goes accordingly, the platform will be the first real challenge to the liberal-dominated Big Tech social media world, and while they might downplay the threat of TRUTH taking away users, one can be assured that there’s likely some level of concern behind the scenes at those companies.
The timing couldn’t be better, with the November midterms quickly approaching. Now there’s a real chance for a mainstream platform for Republican candidates and their supporters to push their messages without fear of radical Silicon Valley Big Tech censorship.