Former US president, Donald Trump, is launching his new social media platform in February.
Last year, Trump announced that he would be releasing his own social media app – a reaction to being banned from all major social media platforms following his presidency. In just one month the app will be live.
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The app will be launching on the 21st of February (ironically on President’s day) on the Apple App Store. Trump has discussed plans to take on tech giants Twitter and Facebook, after they banned him in early 2021 following the incident where his supporters attacked the US Capitol.
The former president announced plans for a subscription based video-on-demand service last year. The name, TMTG+, stands for the ‘Trump Media Technology Group’.
Tech writers have said that the platform will have a similar format to Twitter, which seems fitting judging on his usage of the app.
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Writers at The Verge website have said ‘Truth Social looks very much like a Twitter clone, based on screenshots in the App Store listing,” and that “The profile page shown in one screenshot looks almost exactly like Twitter’s, and posts appear to have icons for replies, retweets, faves, and sharing.” For many of his fans, who are used to hearing what he has to say on Twitter, this format seems to be accessible to them – which may be intentional.
According to the App Store listing, users of the platform can share their “unique opinion by posting a TRUTH, Re-TRUTH, photo, news story or video link to communicate with your friends, customers, and the world.” Users will be able to set up a profile and follow other users, much like Twitter.
When first announced, TMTG revealed that it would be exclusively for invited guests, while claiming to be “America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.”
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In terms of popularity, when asked, more than 60 percent of registered republicans said they planned to use the new media and, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll, only 20 percent of Republicans said they didn’t plan to use it.
Despite previous polls, it is unclear as to the success that the app will see. Due to the press and support surrounding its release, it is likely that the app will be popular. However, whether it will rival the likes of Twitter and Facebook is yet to be seen.
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