Truth Social, Donald Trump’s social media app, launches year after Twitter ban : NPR

Over a 12 months in the past, former President Donald Trump bought booted from social media websites owned by Meta and Twitter. He vowed to create his personal, and Reality Social launched on Monday.



RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Simply over a 12 months in the past, former President Donald Trump bought booted from social media websites, together with YouTube, Fb and Twitter. He then vowed to create his personal platform. He calls it Reality Social. And it launched yesterday. I talked earlier with NPR tech reporter Bobby Allyn about it.

BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: So there was tons of curiosity. The app was launched Monday morning and rapidly shot to the highest of Apple’s most downloaded listing. However many individuals, myself included, who tried to test it out had been caught in a sort of tech doom loop. , there have been these electronic mail confirmations that had been promised and by no means arrived. You’d put in a code and get an error message. This was extensively reported throughout Twitter and different social media. Those that had been capable of make accounts had been positioned on a wait listing, with some a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals in entrance of them.

MARTIN: Bless you for doing that for the sake of journalism, Bobby.

ALLYN: (Laughter).

MARTIN: So simply remind us the bigger context right here. Twitter, in fact, banned Trump. However say extra about his agenda with this app.

ALLYN: Yeah. Precisely. So you already know, since he was banned from Twitter, Fb and YouTube after statements he made urging supporters to storm the Capitol, you already know, he has wished to start out his personal Twitter-esque service. And he is enlisted former Congressman Devin Nunes to steer the hassle. Nunes not too long ago went on Fox Information to speak up Reality Social. He says all of the bugs will likely be labored out by the tip of March and that it is all about, you already know, giving individuals their voice again and making a social media platform that is not managed by a giant Silicon Valley firm. And let me remind you, this can be a actually crowded house, Rachel. There’s, like, half a dozen different conservative-leading, you already know, social media apps attempting to tug individuals away from the Twitters and Facebooks of the world.

MARTIN: Proper. So he has competitors. Even Donald Trump has competitors in that house. So does this app, then – with Trump’s title connected to it, does it have any sort of shot of breaking via?

ALLYN: Definitely has a really highly effective publicity machine. I imply, Trump allies, like representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, are speaking it up, so is Fox Information star Sean Hannity. It has raised a whole bunch of tens of millions of {dollars}. So given these huge names and its sizable fundraising, you already know, it does have potential. However consultants I talked to are fairly uncertain that it’s going to ever come anyplace near changing Twitter. This is Hunter Faculty professor Jessie Daniels, who research on-line extremism.

JESSIE DANIELS: I feel a part of what he has discovered so useful, particularly about Twitter, is that it each is relied upon by journalists as a supply, and it is utilized by an actual cross part of individuals politically. And so Twitter turns into a sort of target-rich setting.

ALLYN: In different phrases, Reality Social won’t be that, proper? Twitter has some 300 million customers and many completely different views, a number of viral squabbles. And if a platform is generally like-minded individuals, you already know, principally an echo chamber, you won’t have these fights that make Twitter create so many headlines.

MARTIN: Though, it may well serve to animate his base, could not it?

ALLYN: That is true. No, that may be very true. you already know? However, you already know, there’s additionally solely so many individuals enthusiastic about a non-mainstream different to Twitter.

MARTIN: Yeah.

ALLYN: So it is type of, you already know, are these individuals actually – who’re at different websites going to go to Trump’s new website? And I’ll word right here, Rachel, that I checked out the app’s phrases of service. And there may be one factor that’s prohibited on Reality Social, and that’s, quote, to “disparage, tarnish or in any other case hurt” the backers of the location. And I think about which means Donald Trump.

MARTIN: NPR’s Bobby Allyn. We recognize your reporting on this, Bobby. Thanks.

ALLYN: Thanks, Rachel.

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