Former President Donald Trump launches social media app on Apple Store

Former President Donald Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ app debuted Monday on the Apple store. While the iOS app developed by Trump rolled out Monday, it’s already closed itself to registrations; the new app had automatically downloaded for people who preordered it.

The app hit No. 1 in the App Store’s top charts early Monday, but some people who downloaded the app have been seeing error messages. “Something went wrong,” an error message read. “Please try again.”  Another message people received when they were put on a waitlist read:“Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist.”   According to a TechCrunch scan of the application programming interface, the app’s “proprietary account registration microservice” is named “Pepe,” which is also the name of a meme that has been associated with racist and anti-Semitic connotations, leading the Anti-Defamation League to call it a hate symbol.

The release of “Truth Social” comes after other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube banned the former president after the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which was fueled by his repeated false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

The app’s launch on Android phones has not yet been announced, but the Truth Social website says the app will be coming to Android’s Google Play store in the near future.

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