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Google won’t let Truth Social onto the Play Store

Despite being iPhone country, as much as 44 percent of the US population uses Android. This is bad news for Donald Trump’s social media firm which can only be downloaded for iPhone.

The reason for this is that Truth Social, cannot get onto the Google Play Store due to its content moderation policies not aligning with Google’s rules. While the chief executive officer of Trump Media and Technology Group, Devin Nunes claims he doesn’t know what the hold up is, Google says it informed developers of the app about its decision.

“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,” a Google spokesperson told Axios.

“Last week Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues,” the spokesperson added.

Truth Social does have banners which mark content as sensitive, but Axios found that there is content that threatens violence that remains on the platform.

Perhaps more pressing for Truth Social however is its debt. At the weekend it was revealed by people close to the matter that Truth Social owned RightForge, it’s hosting service, more than $1 million.

A report on that matter from Rolling Stone also reveals that user numbers on Truth Social are seemingly on the decline. While the social network saw a peak of 1.5 million views on its first day, that has since declined to 300 000 views per day. Truth Social is also not trademarked.

The future of Truth Social then is likely on a knife’s edge and while Trump may have aspirations of another term in office, his social network may not live to see that day.

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