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08/17/2022

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TRUTH SOCIAL VS TWITTER

Truth Social was developed by Trump Media & Technology Group, an American media and technology corporation that former U.S. president Donald Trump formed in October 2021. According to others, the platform competes with Parler and Gab in the alt-tech space.

The service launched on February 21, 2022. Since its debut, the Truth Social platform has had serious scaling issues, which has resulted in a lower user base than anticipated. The service was only available to users in the United States and Canada up until May 2022 and could only be accessed through an iPhone app. Although access is still restricted by geography, the service developed a web app in May 2022 that allows users of any internet browser to visit the site.

It was intended to be "a huge new platform" where both Republicans and Democrats could communicate in a setting free from the "censorship" of large digital companies and in which strong debate would be protected.

Instead, about a month after its debut, Truth Social has turned into a laughingstock due to a bungled rollout, a decline in the share price, and the presence of Trump as a figurehead who barely uses his own social media network.

The network, which was created as a result of Trump's exclusion from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube due to the former president's propensity for encouraging violence, was scheduled to debut on February 21 five months after Trump first teased it in one of his often hysterical statements.

"Your favorite American president has been muted in a world where the Taliban has a significant online presence. This is not acceptable, declared Trump.

“I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech.”

However, thousands of individuals were unable to access Truth Social when the launch day came around. On February 21, The Guardian made an attempt to sign up; access was finally given on March 5.

And nearly a month after the platform's debut, Trump has only posted one piece of content; a standard message in mid-February telling Americans to "Get ready!"

The site itself is barely distinguishable from Twitter, one of the “tech titans” that Trump railed against when he launched Truth Social. Posts on the platform are called “truths”, and when visiting people’s profiles, users can see their “truths and replies” – Twitter enables people to view “tweets and replies”.

Unlike Twitter, the Truth Social app is sluggish, while the list of profiles suggested to new users is thin at best – largely because, as Politico reported: “Many major players in the conservative world aren’t on the app.”

But while Trump lovers might be willing to put up with a-wanna-be Twitter platform, and – to date – a dearth of content, a bigger problem might be that Truth Social is far from the free speech utopia Trump promised. It doesn’t come close to twitter at all, in terms of number of users, engagements, contents, or even freedom of speech.

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