If you have been eagerly awaiting the new social network backed by Former US President Donald Trump, you only have to wait another month as the app will launch on the App Store on February 21st.
The network is known as Truth Social and is provided by the Trump Media and Technology Group, TMTG. The company chose Presidents Day to make the app available.
The app looks closely like Twitter, where the ex-President had his account banned indefinitely following events surrounding the last election. If Trump had any input in the design, which is not likely, it is understandable that his own app looked like Twitter because he used the platform extensively before and during his presidency.
Profile pages are just like what you get on Twitter. In the app’s screenshot, the sample user’s handle is Jack, a significant point as the co-founder who made the final decision as CEO to ban Trump’s personal account is Jack and goes by ‘jack’ on Twitter. If the reference is not clear enough, the account’s username is ‘Jack’s Beard.’ Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter CEO last year, happens to spot a prominent beard.
There is a big header photo and a circular display picture. Other info on a profile includes location, the date the account was created, and URL to your own website or another web page of interest. Visitors to your profile will also see the numbers of accounts you follow and those that follow your own account.
Each post shows buttons that will apparently let you share and show how you feel about the content. The posts are called Truths, instead of Tweet. To be consistent, retweets would be known as rethruths.
The obsession with Jack Dorsey continues as a ‘truth’ shows a Dorsey’s Twitter post or an imitation of it. However, the rest of the screenshots show more Twitter-like features, like direct messaging for more private communication, finding friends on the network, knowing what is happening, similarly styled and positioned buttons to take you to different parts of the app, etc.
The app description urges you to follow the truth with the ‘Big Tent’ approach, with a hint that you could go viral on the platform: “Big Tent is a new way to describe “inclusivity” in America. Think of a giant outdoor event tent at your best friend’s wedding. Who’s there? The combination of multiple families from all over the United States, and the world. Uncle Jim from Atlanta is a proud libertarian. Aunt Kellie from Texas is a staunch conservative. Your cousin John from California is a die-hard liberal. And guess what? They’re all together to have an amazing time and share their viewpoints of the world. Although we don’t always agree with each other, we welcome these varied opinions and welcome the conversation.
“Let your voice be heard. Sign up, join the conversation, and share your unique opinion by posting a TRUTH, Re-TRUTH, photo, news story, or video link to communicate with your friends, customers, and the world. Stay informed about breaking news while staying directly connected with the people who influence you – don’t be shocked if they take your TRUTH viral!”
Truth Social is currently being tested by invited participants, as revealed by Trump late last year. He mentioned that Rumble would power video streaming on the network in the same announcement, suggesting features like going live.
TMTG has as CEO Devin Nunes, who is not seeking reelection in the US House of Representatives. However, Truth Social has already faced some controversy. The network is built on Mastodon’s source code, but the company behind the open-source called out Truth Social for not fulfilling the terms and conditions for using the code.