Trump’s New Social Media App Crashes

Donald Trump’s new social media app has been rolling out in stages, but thousands of potential users Monday were interrupted or put on a waiting list because of what the app said was a huge demand.

Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), said the app called “Truth Social” would be “fully operational” by the end of March. TMTG is the parent company of the new app.

“Truth Social”, Monday morning (21/2), topped the list of most downloaded apps on the US Apple App Store, beating TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. But attempts to download it frustrate people. Some got the message: “Something went wrong. Please try again.”

An AFP reporter who tried to register Monday was thanked for joining, but with an additional message because of the massive demand the app put him on a waiting list.

Former President Donald Trump next to a phone screen displaying the Truth Social app, in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022. (Photo illustration Stefani Reynolds/AFP)

Former President Donald Trump next to a phone screen displaying the Truth Social app, in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022. (Photo illustration Stefani Reynolds/AFP)

Trump hopes “Truth Social” will help overcome the bans early last year by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and give the former Republican president a new platform as he seeks to increase his popularity ahead of the 2024 election.

Tech majors banned Trump after the attack on the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, amid allegations that he had used social media to incite his followers to use force in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.

Prior to his ban, Trump had about 89 million followers on Twitter and used the platform constantly, both for presidential statements and to attack rivals.

It’s too early to know how many people will eventually follow Trump to his new platform. [my/jm]