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

Over a yr in the past, former President Donald Trump acquired 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 yr in the past, former President Donald Trump acquired 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 shortly 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. You understand, there have been these e 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 in a position to make accounts had been positioned on a wait listing, with some a whole bunch of 1000’s 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 realize, since he was banned from Twitter, Fb and YouTube after statements he made urging supporters to storm the Capitol, you realize, he has needed to start out his personal Twitter-esque service. And he is enlisted former Congressman Devin Nunes to guide the hassle. Nunes lately went on Fox Information to speak up Reality Social. He says all of the bugs will probably be labored out by the tip of March and that it is all about, you realize, giving individuals their voice again and making a social media platform that is not managed by an enormous 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 realize, 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 identify hooked up to it, does it have any sort of shot of breaking by means of?

ALLYN: Actually 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 hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. So given these huge names and its sizable fundraising, you realize, it does have potential. However specialists I talked to are fairly uncertain that it’s going to ever come wherever 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 invaluable, 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 may not be that, proper? Twitter has some 300 million customers and plenty of completely different views, a lot of viral squabbles. And if a platform is generally like-minded individuals, you realize, mainly an echo chamber, you may not have these fights that make Twitter create so many headlines.

MARTIN: Though, it will probably serve to animate his base, could not it?

ALLYN: That is true. No, that could be very true. you realize? However, you realize, there’s additionally solely so many individuals fascinated with a non-mainstream various to Twitter.

MARTIN: Yeah.

ALLYN: So it is type of, you realize, are these individuals actually – who’re at different websites going to go to Trump’s new website? And I’ll observe right here, Rachel, that I checked out the app’s phrases of service. And there’s 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 positioning. 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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