Two executives who built former President Donald Trump’s alternative social networking platform Truth Social have left the company a new report from Reuters.
Chief Technology Officer Josh Adams and Head of Product Development Billy Boozer both resigned from their posts less than a year after joining Trump’s social media venture. Her departure comes after the disastrous debut of the Truth social app on February 20th. a start plagued due to technical faults and a 13-hour outage.
More than a month after launch, the service has barely improved. New users are still being put on an ever-growing waiting list of millions or more to join the app. Trump has only posted once on the network so far.
At the time of publication, it’s unclear if Truth Social has found replacements for the departing executives or if they are working in other roles at the company. Adams, Boozer and Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The edge.
Shortly after being banned from Twitter in January 2021 as a result of the Jan. 6 US Capitol riots, Trump promoted his own social networking app. First, Trump launched a blog styled like a Twitter feed on his campaign website. He was later courted by other alternative social platforms such as Parler and Gettrto exclusively join their companies. Trump turned down those offers and TMTG joined the parent company of Rumble, a YouTube alternative for free speech. via the company’s SPAC.
At launch, Truth shot into the most downloaded app on Apple’s social media app store. But just a few weeks later, despite all the hype surrounding the app, the “censorship-free” Twitter clone slipped from the Trump wing of the Republican Party to the 28th most popular spot. Apptopia, an analytics company, recently reported that Truth peaked at 170,000 downloads per day and has now dropped to around 8,000.
In February, Devin Nunes, former House Representative and head of TMTG, told Fox News that Truth Social wouldn’t be “fully operational” until the end of March. The company has yet to make any announcements regarding its official launch and Google Play Store apps from the first week of April.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/4/23010005/truth-social-billy-boozer-josh-adams-donald-trump-social-media-rumble-tmtg Two top Truth Social executives are stepping down from the company