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Trump's Truth Social app barred from Google Play over inadequate moderation

The Truth Social app has been unavailable to download on Android devices due to 'several violations of standard policies' regarding content moderation.

Former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social social media app has faced a fairly bumpy road since coming out of the gate. At one point, it was the number one downloaded app on Apple’s App Store. At other points it has been brought up alongside criminal probes. It would seem that Truth Social is also having trouble even making it to a major corner of the app marketplace. Google Play has barred the app from download and availability on Android devices due to insufficient content moderation systems.

Google shared its decision on the barring the Truth Social app from Google Play and Android devices in a report shared with Axios. According to said report, Truth Social is unavailable because it violates Google’s terms and conditions in regards to content moderation.

“On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” Google said in the report. “Last week Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues.”

A graphic of features that are available in the Truth Social app. Safe use and content moderation is not among them.
Trump's Truth Social app has been barred from download on Google Play due to inadequate content moderation systems, a sentiment that Apple apparently does not share.
Source: Apple

Where Truth Social had a fairly breakout launch, ending up at the top of the download charts on Apple’s App Store on multiple occasions, it has also faced a number of challenges outside of its popularity. The company running Truth Social (Trump Media and Technology Group) had two top executives leave shortly after Truth Social launched. More than that, the company is now caught up in a criminal probe in New York regarding a 2021 SPAC deal.

These things aside, Android users make up around 70 percent of global smartphone users and 44 percent of smartphone users in the US, according to groups like Statcounter. If Truth Social can’t capture that massive chunk of would-be users, its troubles may continue to compound. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for further details.

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From The Chatty
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      August 30, 2022 9:22 AM

      Now do Facebook.

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        August 30, 2022 9:26 AM

        banning Facebook on android????? that would be great!

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        August 30, 2022 12:33 PM

        I don't see that happening, at least not before usage has faded into irrelevance. There's just not enough advantage to Google in pissing off that many people.

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        August 30, 2022 4:53 PM

        I report racist and homophobic shit as well as misinformation on Facebook and Instagram a lot and it always gets rejected and they do nothing.

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          August 30, 2022 4:54 PM

          Or the best response is that the report took too long to moderate so they just closed it without doing anything lol

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      August 30, 2022 10:00 AM

      liberal elite deep state illuminati strikes again. Fuck it's hard to be a white male former president of the united states.

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      August 30, 2022 12:37 PM

      this is the same thing that happened to Parlor after Trump first got booted off Twitter iirc

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      August 30, 2022 8:15 PM

      That explains today's unhinged madness.

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      August 30, 2022 9:34 PM

      Slight clarification: if I’m following this right, the app has never been on the Google Play store and the recent development is that Google has clarified to Truth Social that the holdup is the moderation issue

      https://www.axios.com/2022/08/30/trump-truth-social-google-android-moderation

      What’s weird is I’m not sure why there’s an approval process holding it up as Google Play is notorious for not having one the same way Apple does. Maybe social media apps are handled differently. Or maybe it’s that they won’t approve Truth Social’s developer account in the first place.

      Weirder still is how it’s on Apple’s App Store meaning Apple is the less restrictive one here.

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