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Trump’s New Social Media App Will Go Live on Presidents’ Day

Trump’s New Social Media App Will Go Live on Presidents’ Day
Source: The New York Times

According to Reuters, former President Donald Trump’s social networking program, Truth Social, is slated to launch on Presidents’ Day. Reuters noticed a tweet from the network’s chief product officer (CPO) confirming the app’s February 21st debut in a beta version of the app.

In answer to a beta tester’s concern regarding the app’s public release date, the executive — who goes by “Billy B” on Truth Social — allegedly stated, “We’re now slated for release in the Apple App store for Monday Feb. 21.” Since December, Truth Social has been exposed to “invited visitors exclusively,” with roughly 500 beta testers subsequently obtaining access.

In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, former Representative Devin Nunes, who is now the CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), provided further details regarding the app. He didn’t specifically indicate a Presidents’ Day release, but he did suggest the software will be available in the App Store this week. “We’ll start rolling out [to] folks on the Apple App Store this week,” Nunes added. “We’ll be completely functioning, at least within the United States, by the end of March.”

According to Reuters, CPO Billy B. also answered questions from beta testers on the site, which so far appears to be quite similar to its Silicon Valley counterpart, Twitter. “Not yet,” the CEO stated in answer to a query regarding users’ capacity to amend their “truths,” or postings. The lack of an edit option at launch is sort of amusing, especially for a platform that’s intended to compete directly with Twitter (which, much to everyone’s chagrin, still doesn’t let users edit tweets).

According to Reuters, the CEO also said that Truth Social is working on a direct messaging function, the opportunity to sign up for new content notifications, and a user verification policy.

According to a New York Times article published late last week, the app’s release date has been pushed back until March, possibly owing to the SEC’s probe into Trump’s SPAC plan to take TMTG public. However, it now appears like Truth Social will meet its planned release date, however when and if an Android version of the social network will be produced remains unknown. The Verge reached out to TMTG for comment but did not receive a response right away.