Trump's Truth Social barred from Google Play

Trump's Truth Social barred from Google Play By A Robin - September 02, 2022
US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

Former US President Donald Trump's social media platform has been barred from Google Play.

Google says the platform violates its policies prohibiting content like physical threats and incitement to violence.

The move makes it difficult for users with Android phones to download the app.

Devin Nunes, the CEO of Truth Social, has previously called Google a "monopoly".

Truth Social launched on Apple's App Store in February, though problems beset the roll-out.

However, the app isn't available on Google Play, where most apps are downloaded on Android phones.

Last week Truth Social's CEO said the decision on whether the app would be available was "up to the Google Play Store".

But Google says it's down to Truth Social to comply with its rules.

A Google spokesperson told the BBC: "On August 19 we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies.

"Having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play," they added.

Google says it has offered Truth Social advice on how to fix the problems. Truth Social did not respond to the BBC's request for comment.

Truth Social is often described as a "free speech" platform.

However, for the app to be downloadable on the vast majority of the world's phones it needs to be approved by Apple and Google.

Far from Truth Social being a place of unfettered free speech, the platform has many rules on what you can and cannot say.

In fact, Truth Social has a long list of things that can and cannot be posted in its Terms of Service.

The platform was founded by Mr Trump, and is where the former president chooses to post on social media. Mr Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook after last year's US Capitol riot.

Critics argue that Truth Social has a problem with disinformation and hate speech.

A report released Monday found 47 verified accounts promoting QAnon conspiracy theories on the platform.

BBC

By A Robin - September 02, 2022

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