On Wednesday, Google announced that the Google Play Store would be accepting Truth Social, the social media app endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
With this decision, Truth Social, which has recently implemented stricter regulations regarding the filtering of user-generated content, will be available in Google’s own app store for Android handsets.
Until it had standards in place that adequately addressed incitement and threats of violence, Google had declared that Truth Social could not appear in its app store. It also required that any social networking app distributed through the Google Play store provide a way for users to report inappropriate information without leaving the app. (Some Android devices may already access Truth Social via non-Google sources, such as the Samsung Galaxy store.)
A Google representative told CNN on Wednesday that the requirements have been fulfilled. “Apps may be released on Google Play if they meet our developer requirements, including the necessity to properly filter user-generated material and delete undesirable messages, such as those that promote violence.”
The former president has claimed that Trump Media & Technology Group is battling “against the tyranny of big tech” via its Truth Social social network, which is effectively a Twitter clone.
However, in order to release its software to the public, TMTG must still adhere to the guidelines set forth by major digital firms like Apple and Google.
On Wednesday, TMTG’s Truth Social app for Android was accepted into Google Play. Truth Social was rejected from the Google Play store earlier this month for violating the store’s regulations against apps that carry content that includes physical threats and incitement to violence. Truth Social has now assured the internet behemoth that it will adhere to Google Play’s content filtering guidelines.
A Google representative said, “Apps may be released on Google Play provided they meet our developer requirements, which include the necessity to effectively filter user-generated content and delete unacceptable messages, such as those that promote violence.”
Digital World Acquisition Corp. is a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that has planned to merge with TMTG, and its shares jumped as much as 27% in Thursday morning trade on the news that Google Play has approved Truth Social.
After the devastating attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, which sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Trump was banned from Twitter and other key internet sites, prompting him to launch TMTG the previous year. After Trump posted a video glorifying the violent crowd, the corporations expressed concern that he would incite further violence. Trump introduced Truth Social earlier this year, at first just for iOS. Even though TMTG said that Truth Social doesn’t “filter” what users post, it looks like the app banned a few people who posted negative comments about Trump during the congressional hearings on January 6.
Former Republican congressman turned TMTG CEO Devin Nunes said in a statement released on Wednesday, “It’s been a pleasure to work with Google, and we’re delighted they helped us to finally provide Truth About Me to all Americans, regardless of the device they use.” We’ve made huge steps today toward our goal of letting people say whatever they want online again.