While former US President Donald Trump’s social media app is readily available on the Apple App Store, Google has not approved ‘Truth Social’ on the Play Store due to inadequate content controls. Not being recognized nearly a year after its debut on the Play Store is a major setback for Trump’s use of social media. Android accounts for 40 percent of the US smartphone market.
On August 19, we announced that the ‘Truth Social’ app was violating several standard policies on submission, Google said in a statement. Google has noted that social media use violates some of its guidelines.
In response to Google’s allegations, Trump’s social media company said it continues to work in good faith with Google to ensure the ‘Truth Social’ Android app complies with Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech.
Notably, Trump was banned from all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube, after he was accused of inciting rioters to attack the Capitol Hill building in 2021. In April, Trump’s Truth Social app was the most downloaded free iPhone app on the App Store.