Former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social media platform garnered more than 500,000 users in its first 48 hours online.
The app for the platform rose to No. 1 in the Apple marketplace by Tuesday evening, Newsweek reported.
Created by the Trump Media and Technology Group, and run by former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the platform ”is America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology,” according to the company.
It is currently available only for Apple and only in the U.S. and Canada, according to Pocketnow.com.
Trump and his team are building the platform after he was banned from Twitter near the end of his presidency.
According to The Washington Post, the platform crashed for 13 hours Monday as it took in a 300,000-person waiting list to sign up for the service.
”The basic thing they needed to actually get right, to get someone in the door, they couldn’t get right,” Bill Fitzgerald, a privacy researcher, told the Post. ”There is no better sign of a rushed implementation than the fact that you can’t onboard anybody. So, I’m hard-pressed to understand why anyone would trust that these people would keep their information safe.”
The Post reported that Nunes told former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka on Sunday that it will take a while to be ”fully operational.”
”We’re having to build this from scratch to make sure we can’t be canceled and can’t be shut down,” Nunes said.
While the platform says it promotes free speech and will not engage in censorship, there are limits as outlined in the terms of service that give the company the right to suspend or close accounts without a reason.
”We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to: monitor the Service for violations of these Terms of Service,” the online version reads.
”Take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in our sole discretion, violates the law or these Terms of Service, including without limitation, reporting such user to law enforcement authorities; in our sole discretion and without limitation, refuse, restrict access to, limit the availability of, or disable (to the extent technologically feasible) any of your Contributions or any portion thereof; in our sole discretion and without limitation, notice, or liability, to remove from the Service or otherwise disable all files and content that are excessive in size or are in any way burdensome to our systems; otherwise manage the Service in a manner designed to protect our rights and property and to facilitate the proper functioning of the Service.”
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