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Trump's Truth Social free app tops App Store just days after launch

Trump Media & Technology Group's Truth Social app is the number one free app on Apple's App Store, in case you were wondering if we are in the darkest timeline.


Former president Donald Trump has been awfully quiet on social media over the past year, largely due to the bans he received for inciting the January 6, 2021 insurrection attempt. That hasn't stopped team Trump, and they have launched the Trump Steaks of social media platforms, Truth Social. The platform officially launched just this Sunday, and it currently sits at the top of App Store.

Trump's Truth Social app resembles his former favorite app Twitter.

The app has yet to launch on Android, but the reception on iOS has Trump supporters feeling pretty good. Trump Technology and Media Group parent company Digital World Acquisition Corp is bucking today's trend in the stock market, with DWAC shares jumping over 10% this morning in reaction to Truth Social's launch.

Shares of Trump Media and Technology Group parent company Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) jumped over 10% this morning in response to Truth Social's launch on App Store.
Shares of Trump Media and Technology Group parent company Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) jumped over 10% this morning in response to Truth Social's launch on App Store.

Truth Social would not exist if it weren't for Trump being banned from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Just last year when the app was in beta, trolls squatted on a lot of Trump-related account names. They posted some amusing things involved pigs and whatnot, but it appears that the database had been wiped ahead of Truth Social's launch. Making matters even worse, the app broke the rules of Mastadon's FOSS license when the beta shipped last year. It remains to be seen just how much of a dumpster fire Truth Social will turn into over the next few weeks, but the bar has been set pretty high by other decentralized Internet cesspools like 4chan and 8chan. 

At the very least, enough of Trump's biggest supporters are flocking to Truth Social this week to propel the app to the number one free app spot on Apple's App Store. Are you signing up for Truth Social? Let us know your username in the comments section. Or not.


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From The Chatty
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    February 22, 2022 10:00 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Trump's Truth Social free app tops App Store just days after launch

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      February 22, 2022 10:17 AM

      Looking forward to all of the high quality, inclusive content that will be posted on Truth Social. 🙄

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      February 22, 2022 11:51 AM

      Well, I can imagine a lot downloading it just to troll on it.

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      February 22, 2022 12:12 PM

      Anyone use some kind of free MDM for their parents smartphone? I want to be able to prevent my mom was installing apps like this.

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        February 22, 2022 12:26 PM

        jamf has the first 3 devices for free, but idk if it's the tier that lets you lock it down like that lol

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          February 22, 2022 12:30 PM

          Well mom is on Android. I probably need to do some research and see if I can set it up so she can't install from the app store without some additional factor of authentication that I can control.

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      February 22, 2022 12:21 PM

      I wonder how hard it was to not put chatty in that article right after 4chan

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      February 22, 2022 12:29 PM

      Off to a good start

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        February 22, 2022 12:33 PM

        I mean cool, fight that good fight against planned obsolescence. But also the irony that the person can't afford a new phone is probably because of 40 years of GOP monetary policy.

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          February 22, 2022 12:34 PM

          The iPhone 6 is almost 8 years old at this point. To expect it to get updates now is crazy.

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            February 22, 2022 12:37 PM

            If they just had waited for the 6S they'd have had support up through iOS 14, lol!

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        February 22, 2022 12:39 PM

        Cool but they are full of shit, I'm on iPhone 5 and running IOS 15.3.1.

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          February 22, 2022 12:41 PM

          Probably has too many Jan 6th videos in the porn folder to have room to upgrade.

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          February 22, 2022 12:52 PM

          Uh no. The 5 can only go up to 10.3.4. You need 6S to be on iOS 15.X.

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            February 22, 2022 1:00 PM

            Also the 5/5C were the last to have 32-bit only processors, the 5S and beyond were 64-bit, ergo the 5/5C were cut off from iOS 11 because that was 64-bit only.

            fragasm is either fucking with us or he’s got a first generation iPhone SE (same form factor as the 5/5S) and does support the latest iOS.

            My main thing is wondering what their app is doing that requires iOS 13 SDK. It could be they thought it was safe to cut off something that old and, well, they should have considered the audience apparently. Gramps here won’t be the last one to bitch.

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            February 22, 2022 1:06 PM

            My bad it is a 7. Company bought it for $1.

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        February 22, 2022 1:03 PM

        Please also look at the second review “love the app but it doesn’t work”

        I guess an app working isn’t required anymore.

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      February 22, 2022 12:33 PM

      Time to make a killing selling NFTs of Ivermectin for curing homosexuality on there.

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      February 22, 2022 12:59 PM

      Does anyone know the revenue model for this? I'm looking forward to the day Trump realizes it will never be profitable and turns it off just to show his fans it was never about anything but the cash.

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        February 22, 2022 1:10 PM

        My guess would be the same as Twitter: get users, sell ads. Whether or not it has any chance of getting enough users to sell ads at the scale necessary for Twitter-like revenues is debatable.

        For Trump though, it serves him with something he loves more than money: attention. It's a platform that can't kick him off since he owns it and theoretically it gives him a big audience.

        Thing is, it's not like he became big on Twitter overnight. And it's not like Twitter became big overnight. He had 3 million followers when he declared his candidacy. He had like 89M followers when his account was deleted. No matter how popular this service is I doubt he'll see numbers like that in the timeline he wants. Plus limiting this to US and Canada limits the number of followers in the first place.

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        February 22, 2022 1:57 PM

        Create an account, get spammed with “Click here to donate to the cause!!” emails. The end.

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      February 22, 2022 1:07 PM


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      February 22, 2022 2:47 PM

      Wonder how big the ad buys have been from 🎼Farmers Only Dot Com🎼

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