Trump’s Truth Social app is ready to launch

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A representative for Trump Media and Technology did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple’s App Store listing says Truth Social is slated for release on February 21, a date a source close to the company confirmed in January. But in recent weeks, Nunes had publicly stated that the app would launch by the end of March.

On Friday, Nunes was on the app urging users to follow more accounts, share photos and videos and join conversations, in an apparent attempt to increase activity.

Among Nunes’ posts, he welcomed a new user who appeared to be a Catholic priest and encouraged him to invite more priests to join, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The product manager’s other responses during Friday’s Q&A session suggested the startup’s features would resemble those of Twitter.

When asked if users would be able to edit their posts, known in the app as “truths”, the executive replied “not yet”. The ability to edit posts after posting is something Twitter users have been looking for for a long time.

The next major feature released on the platform will be direct messages, or DMs, between users, the executive wrote.

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The company is also considering allowing users to sign up to receive notifications when others post content, the executive said. He pointed out that the ability to block other users would be an important feature.

Truth Social will release a policy on verified accounts “in the coming weeks,” the executive added.

Even though details of the app are beginning to leak out, the group remains mostly shrouded in secrecy and is viewed with skepticism by some in tech and media circles. It is unclear, for example, how the company is financing its current growth.

Trump Media and Technology Group plans to list in New York through a merger with blank check company Digital World Acquisition Corp, and is expected to receive US$293 million ($333 million) in cash that Digital World is holding in trust, assuming no shareholders redeem their shares, Trump’s group said in an Oct. 21 press release.

Additionally, in December, Trump’s group raised $1 billion in committed funding from private investors; that money will also not be available until the Digital World deal is completed.

Digital World’s business has come under scrutiny from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, according to a regulatory filing, and the deal is likely months away. of the conclusion.

Reuters

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