Google BLOCKS Downloading Trump’s Truth Social On Android Devices Due To ‘Lack Of Content Moderation’
- Donald Trump’s Truth Social app still isn’t on the Google Play Store because it claims there isn’t enough content moderation on the platform
- The app was launched on Apple’s App Store in February and at one point was No. 1 on the list of most downloaded apps.
- Trump created his alternative social media platform after Twitter kicked him off the platform following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot
- Almost every tweet sent by Trump in the final weeks of his presidency was marked with warnings that the messages contained “disputed” or “misleading” claims.
Donald Trump’s social media platform has not yet been approved for download on Android devices due to lack of app content moderation.
Truth Social was made available for download on the Apple App Store in February, but an Alphabet Inc spokesperson said insufficient moderation prevented it from being approved for the Google Play Store, according to Axios.
While Trump Media & Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes said the decision to make Truth Social available on Android devices was up to Google, the company put the blame on the platform.
“I don’t know what’s taking them so long,” Nunes said.
Alphabet said it sent a notification to Truth Social on Aug. 19 that the platform was in “multiple violations of standard policies in their current application submission.”
Google noted that “having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a requirement of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play.”
“Last week, Truth Social responded by acknowledging our feedback and saying they were working to fix these issues,” Google said, according to Axios.
Donald Trump’s Truth Social app still isn’t on the Google Play Store because parent company Alphabet Inc. says there isn’t enough content moderation on the platform
The application launched on the Apple App Store in February
The delay in integrating Truth Social on the Google Play Store marks a significant setback for the app, which launched on Apple’s App Store on February 21.
At some point after its launch, the app reached No. 1 on the list of most downloaded apps – and at least 3 million people downloaded Truth Social.
Android phones make up about 40% of the US smartphone market. Without Google and Apple stores, there is no easy way for many smartphone users to download Truth Social.
Truth Social restored Trump’s social media presence more than a year after he was banned from Alphabet’s Twitter Inc, Facebook and YouTube following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, after he was accused of posting messages inciting violence.
TMTG is committed to providing an ‘engaging, uncensored experience’ on Truth Social, appealing to a base that believes its opinions on such burning topics in American life as vaccines and the election outcome presidential election of 2020 have been erased from mainstream technology platforms.
TMTG works with Hive, a San Francisco-based company that performs AI-based content moderation, to report sexually explicit content, hate speech, bullying, and violent content on the app.
Human moderators decide what to do with content flagged by Hive. While the scope of TMTG’s human moderation efforts is unclear, according to a posting on TMTG’s website, the company is hiring a “Community Content Administrator” whose job will include reviewing “content posted by users on Truth Social by verifying that it respects the established rules”. Community rules.’
Trump created his alternative social media platform after Twitter kicked him off the platform following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The indefinite suspension came after several warnings of rule violations where Trump argued the 2020 election was stolen
Almost every tweet sent by Trump in the final weeks of his presidency was marked with warnings that they contained “disputed” or “misleading” claims.
Trump’s social media platform is facing a plethora of problems, including with its merger, its branding efforts and the accumulation of significant debt.
TMTG plans to go public through a merger with blank check company Digital World Acquisition Corp. But the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating the merger, according to documents filed by DWAC.
Truth Social owes web hosting service RightForce $1.6 million, with people familiar with the dispute saying the former president’s platform hasn’t made payments since March.
Now, RightForge is preparing to file a lawsuit, according to Fox Business.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) also denied Trump’s application for Truth Social this month, saying two other companies had similar names and that granting the trademark would create “risk of confusion.” “.
The patent office said the company’s name sounded too similar to Vero – True Social, an app-based social media platform, and Truth Network, a Christian radio broadcasting network.
Truth Social has NOT been approved on Google Play stores due to “insufficient content moderation”