45th President Trump’s social network has officially announced a release date for its app.
TRUTH Social, the social media platform announced by the Trump Technology and Media Group in October, will be available to the public on Presidents Day, Feb. 21. The app is available for preorder now on the App store.
According to The Washington Examiner:
The app’s key features will include a profile, a “TRUTH feed,” and notifications, all functions that most social media apps have.
TRUTH Social vowed to take a “Big Tent” approach, which will allow users of varying viewpoints to come together and “have an amazing time and share their viewpoints of the world,” echoing its original selling point as a forum for free speech amid claims of censorship from Big Tech platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, particularly after the platforms deplatformed Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
But the app, which is making inroads on the Right prior to launch, has already become a tool for Republicans to fundraise. The National Republican Senatorial Committee promised to reserve donors’ usernames on the social platform in exchange for political donations. It remains unclear whether the NRSC reserved the username for the donor.
The social network’s operating system was previously revealed to be based on Mastodon, an open-source social network used by other companies to create their own custom social media networks, an apparent breach of Mastodon’s license that led to thus far unfulfilled threats of litigation.
In October, Trump described the app as a way to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.”