Trump’s free speech app Truth Social is censoring content and kicking users out

Deepak Gupta February 23, 2022
Updated 2022/02/23 at 3:30 AM

Former President Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, launched just two days ago, is struggling with technical glitches and new user onboarding in the early stages of its launch. The site, which called itself a kind of alternative freedom of expression to Twitter with looser content moderation policies, has already taken some users off its platform. Other users are struggling to access the platform, which now has nearly half a million people on its waiting list.

User Matt Ortega was rejected from Truth Social based on his username, @DevineNunesCow, Mashable. A Twitter parody of the same name mocked former congressman Devin Nunes, who is currently the CEO of Truth Social’s parent company.

Some users have pointed out that Truth Social’s moderation policy is than Twitter, despite its claim to be a haven from Big Tech censorship. Unlike Twitter, Truth Social users can be suspended or booted from the platform for posting content that moderators deem false, defamatory or misleading. Although Twitter has in the past about Covid-19 and electoral disinformation, regularly allows others to to fly. Truth Social users can also be banned for posting content that moderators deem “slanderous, libelous, or objectionable.” Twitter tends to be selective in the way it handles disputes between users, unless it involves .

Still, Truth Social is unlikely to be able to enforce such a strict policy of moderation if it continues to grow in scale. The platform relies on a combination of volunteer moderators, user reports and to handle content removal.

New and potential users are also experiencing technical glitches when trying to sign up for the app, which is only available on iOS. The platform faced a 13-hour service outage just hours after its Sunday night debut due to a flood of new users. It is now limiting the number of new accounts that can be registered on the site. A waiting list to join the app, at the time of publication, is more than people for a long time.

The app currently has an average user rating of 4.1 stars on the Apple website. app store, although several 5-star reviewers have noted that they still haven’t been able to sign up for the app. A reviewer who rated the app wrote that he had not yet received a confirmation email from Truth Social that had not expired: “Every time I try to create an account, I do not receive the email to confirm my email address. No, it’s not in the junk mail either. I once got the email many hours later and it was already expired. I keep trying and I will keep trying. 5 stars because I think someone is playing and the rating doesn’t matter because I haven’t even managed to set up an account yet. Just trying to solve a problem.”

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