Donald Trump’s new social media app began a phased rollout on Sunday evening and is expected to be “fully operational” by the end of March, potentially raising the former president’s profile more than a year after he was banned by major platforms.
“This week, we will begin rolling out users to Apple’s App Store,” said Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), parent company of the new Truth Social app.
The former Republican congressman was speaking on the conservative Fox News on Sunday.
“I think by the end of March we will be fully operational, at least in the United States,” added Nunes, who resigned from the US House to lead the Trump group.
Trump has described Truth Social as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, all of which banned him following the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
The former president has been accused of inciting his supporters to use force in a bid to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.
On Sunday, the App Store allowed visitors to pre-order Truth Social starting Monday, the US Presidents Day holiday.
Later Sunday, the app was flagged as available to some who had pre-ordered.
“It’s actually very emotional for me to see people who are on the platform having their voices cancelled,” Nunes said.
“The Truth Is Coming”
“We want (customers) to tell us what they would like to have on the platform, which is the opposite of some Silicon Valley tech oligarch monsters who tell people what they want. think and decide who can or cannot be on the platform,” he said. noted.
Trump and his wife Melania Trump also plan to offer for sale 10,000 NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, depicting key moments from the Trump presidency on Monday. NFTs are certified digital images that can be bought and sold.
“THE TRUTH is coming…,” Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the third Republican in the House of Representatives, tweeted on Friday in an allusion to the eerie “Winter is Coming” catchphrase from the TV series “Game of Thrones.”
She posted a screenshot of her message on Truth Beta, the test version of the new site, saying, “I’m so excited to be on TRUTH!”
And Donald Trump Jr. celebrated on Twitter, posting: “Time for some Truth!!! and including what he said was his dad’s first post on Truth Social: “Get Ready!” Your favorite president will see you soon!
TMTG, requested by AFP, did not respond immediately.
The group is said to have a treasure chest of $1.25 billion as it seeks a niche in a crowded conservative social media market currently served by platforms such as Gettr, Parler and Gab.
Before being banned by Twitter, Trump had some 89 million followers there and constantly used the platform, both for presidential statements and to attack his rivals.
Trump, who is 75, hinted but never said definitively whether he would run for president again.
He is currently under the shadow of multiple investigations and prosecutions, including for his tax filings and his efforts to cling to power after losing the 2020 election.