According to Google, the social media app Truth Social, which is supported by former President Donald Trump, has been accepted for the Google Play Store.
The decision means that Truth Social, which moved to impose stricter content filtering measures, will now be available for download to Android smartphones through Google’s exclusive app store.
Google had previously stated that until Truth Social had put in place standards that adequately addressed incitement and threats of violence, it would not be allowed to be downloaded from its app store. Additionally, it stated that Google Play social media apps have to have a way for users to report offensive information.
Name: Truth Social App - Follow the Truth
Updated: Jul 5, 2023
Developer: T Media Tech LLC
Size: 14.5 MB
Category: Social Networking
Although there are several ways to get around app stores, Google and Apple are the gatekeepers for what may be downloaded into devices.
According to Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, “Truth Social may now be accessed across all devices in the United States with its inclusion in the Google Play Store.” “Today represents an important turning point in our effort to restore free speech online.”
Google announced in August that until the platform removed its violently instigating posts, it would not make Truth Social available in its app store. The internet giant claimed that the app lacked a mechanism for enforcing content that contravened Google’s terms of service.
According to its content policies, Google prohibits apps from having posts that encourage violence or instigate hatred toward specific people or groups. Google also prohibits applications from allowing postings with false health claims regarding things like vaccinations and conversion therapy.
What exactly has changed at Truth Social since August is unknown.
Since the former president was barred from major social media platforms as a result of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Trump and his allies have promoted Truth Social to varying degrees of success.
Truth Social was among the most popular free apps in the Apple App Store at first, but interest has since waned.
* The primary resource for Android app downloads in the US is Google’s Play Store. Android users can download programs straight from websites or through competing app stores, albeit the latter frequently necessitates additional procedures and security approvals. Even after Google barred Truth Social from the Play Store, it was still accessible through those channels.
* About 40% of American consumers use Android smartphones.