Trump’s Truth Social has stalled on the Google Play Store due to a lack of moderation

Former US President Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social has not yet been approved for distribution on Alphabet’s Google Play store due to insufficient content moderation, according to a Google spokesman Tuesday.

The delay marks a setback for the app, which launched on February 21 in the Apple App Store. Android phones account for about 40 percent of the US smartphone market. Without the Google and Apple stores, there is no easy way for most smartphone users to download Truth Social.

“On August 19th, we notified Truth Social of multiple standard policy violations in their recent app submission and reiterated that having effective systems in place to moderate user-generated content is a condition of our Terms of Service for any app to go live on Google Play. ‘ Google said in a statement.

Google said it raised concerns with Truth Social about violations of its Play Store policies, which ban content such as physical threats and incitement to violence.

Truth Social’s parent company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment, but said in a press release that it has “continued to work in good faith with Google to ensure that the Truth Social Android app conforms to Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech.”

It added: “Furthermore, some of our competitors’ apps are allowed on the Google Play Store despite grossly violating Google’s ban on sexual content and other policies, while Truth Social has zero tolerance for sexually explicit content.”

News of the Android delay was first reported by Axios.

Truth Social restored Trump’s social media presence more than a year after he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s YouTube following the Jan. 6, 2021 US Capitol riots after he was accused of posting messages have that incited violence.

Committed to providing an “engaging and censorship-free experience” on Truth Social, TMTG appeals to a base who feel their views have been scrubbed on hot topics like the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s Truth Social has stalled on the Google Play Store due to a lack of moderation

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