Tired of dealing with constant social media censorship? Of seeing your account suspended on Twitter for making fun of Hillary, of seeing your Instagram or Facebook account hit for some meme you posted that was fact-checked or for an article you shared that the powers that be dislike?
Well, your wait and hope for a better, less oppressive social media platform might finally be here: Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, a Twitter-like app, just came out this morning, 2/21!
The app, scheduled to release on the morning of the 21st actually did so, with the app automatically downloading for those that preloaded it on the night of the 20th.
There have been a few hiccups, however. For one, as Business Insider reports, the website crashed when the app automatically downloaded and excited Trump supporters first got their hands on it Sunday night. As Business Insider reported:
At 11:24 p.m. ET on Sunday, an update was posted on Truth Social’s website saying an issue was under investigation.
Text on the status page said: “The Truth Social application is online, although user creation is currently rate-limited during our rollout. We will expand capacity over the coming hours to enable more users to join Truth Social.”
It’s possible that it was cyber-attacked, though it seems more likely that the website was simply overloaded by excited new users.
That leads in to the second hiccup, which is that those who create an account are currently having to join a waiting list before using the app, a waiting list which was over 150,000 people as of the morning of the 21st.
While that’s good news, as it means tons of people are downloading the app and creating accounts, it’s also a problem, as those who wanted to use the app but can’t will likely get frustrated.
Still, the Twitter alternative, which sel-describes itself by saying “Truth Social is America’s “Big Tent” social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology,” is likely to be a major hit despite those hiccups.
For one, the relative lack of censorship (though some will be needed to keep the app on the app store and Google Play store), will be refreshing to the many people that have been kicked off of traditional social media or grown tired of seeing their favorite accounts disappeared like a critic of Stalin in Soviet Russia.
Further, the large amount of financial support for the app and the former president’s popularity means that it has a chance of being an actual competitor to Twitter, in comparison to alternatives like Parler, Gab, and Gettr, which are fine but far less usable than Twitter.
Only time will tell, but, as the waitlist problem sorts itself out and the app’s servers build up enough capacity to handle the traffic, it seems likely that it will be a hit, especially for the right.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
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