Donald Trump’s media group released its Social TRUTH iOS app today in the US, but a scan of the app’s API using publicly available tools revealed that it has already closed itself to registrations (in addition, the scan showed that its “proprietary account registration microservice” is called “Pepe”, which is also is the name of a meme with racist connotations).
Although TRUTH Social ranks first for free downloads on Apple’s App Store, most users are unable to access the app. When downloading TRUTH Social, you are asked to enter your email and date of birth (users must be 18+) before waiting for a verification email. But at every step of the process, Ploonge received error messages. As soon as we received a verification email, the link generated more error messages, making it impossible to create an account. Some users reported being placed on waiting lists with over 100,000 users, while others I never received verification emails or could not pass the verification step. Ploonge reached out to Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) to comment on these application difficulties.
Former President Trump Interested in Building His Own Social Media Platform After He Was Removed twitter, the Facebook and YouTube for violating its policies following last year’s attack on the Capitol. in an october Press releaseTMTG wrote that its mission is to create “a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight the big tech companies”.
The TRUTH Social announcement was also fraught with growing pains. The new social network used Mastodon’s open source code, but claimed the code as its own.
“The terms of service included a troubling passage alleging that the site is proprietary property and all source code and software are owned or controlled by or licensed to them,” Mastodon I wrote at the time. “Notably, neither the terms nor any other part of the site contained any references to Mastodon, nor links to the source code, which are present in the Mastodon user interface by default. Mastodon is free software published under the AGPLv3 license, which requires any network service that uses it to make its source code and any modifications to it publicly accessible.”
“Our goal is to support the open source community, no matter what your political beliefs. That’s why the first place we go to find amazing software is the community and not ‘Big Tech’”, TRUTH Social website it says.
In December, Deputy Devin G. Nunes (R-CA) left of the House of Representatives to join TMTG as its CEO (Trump serves as the company’s president).
Inside an interview with Fox News this weekend, Nunes said the full launch of TRUTH Social is a few weeks away – it’s currently only available for download on iOS.
“Every day we bring in more and more Americans, and we’re getting to you as quickly as possible,” Nunes told Fox News.