Google Allows Donald Trump’s Social Truth on Play Store – Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO: Google said on Wednesday it had allowed Donald Trump’s Truth Social app into its Play Store for Android devices – after being assured the app would meet the platform’s standards for moderation of harmful content.

The app – which Trump launched after being banned from Twitter during the 2021 Capitol riot – had been kept away from the Google Store due to its lack of moderation tools, including for violent threats.

Google said Truth Social has since been updated to comply with its policies prohibiting objectionable posts, and has incorporated effective systems for flagging and removing unwanted content as well as blocking abusers.

“Apps may be distributed on Google Play provided they follow our Developer Guidelines, including requirements to effectively moderate user-generated content and remove objectionable posts such as those that incite violence” , said a Google spokesperson in response to an AFP inquiry.

Developers can make Android apps available elsewhere on the internet, but the Play Store is the main source of content for users.

A Truth Social app for Android devices is available on the social network’s website and other sites that may not follow Google’s content moderation policies, according to the Alphabet-owned tech titan.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Google, and we’re glad they’ve helped us finally bring Truth Social to all Americans, no matter what device they’re using,” said Trump Media’s chief executive. and Technology Group (TMTG) in a published statement. .

Earlier this month, TMTG today announced that a Truth Social app was recently available for people in the United States who use Samsung smartphones, which are powered by custom Android software and have their own app store. .

Samsung’s share of the US smartphone market is around 30%, according to industry analyst firm Counterpoint.

Google is looking to elevate its smartphone game with the latest Pixel 7

A version of Truth Social adapted for Apple mobile devices is available on the App Store, which also applies rules on content moderation.

Trump attacks Twitter

Google said in August that it informed Truth Social that its app violated Play policies and required “effective systems to moderate user-generated content” in order to be offered on the platform.

The online giant said at the time that Trump’s app violated rules banning content that incites physical threats and violence, but was working to address those issues.

Truth Social was designed as Trump’s answer to Twitter – from which he was kicked out in January 2021, days after a crowd of his supporters refusing to accept his election defeat to Joe Biden stormed the Capitol American.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who has struck a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, said he would likely allow the former US leader to return to the platform. After trying to walk away, Musk now says the troubled deal is back and could be done by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, a merger between TMTG and a blank check company named Digital World Acquisition Corp — intended to bring in new funding for the Trump platform — has yet to happen. Digital World shares rose more than 7% to just over $17 in aftermarket trading following news from the Play Store.

QAnon

Excluded from major social networks, Trump found only a fraction of his followers on Truth Social.

Trump has 4.18 followers on Truth Social, compared to 88.8 million on Twitter and 35.4 million on Facebook before he was expelled for encouraging real-world violence, such as the deadly attack on the US Capitol.

Truth Social has become an online haven for QAnon fans to share conspiracy theories such as prominent members of the Democratic Party involved with Satanists or pedophiles.

Disinformation watchdog NewsGuard reported finding dozens of Truth Social accounts sharing QAnon content, with Trump among those sharing posts.

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