Google bars Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social from its App Store

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The app violates rules prohibiting content that incites physical threats and violence, according to the tech company.

New York:

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Truth Social app is not welcome on Google’s App Store until it follows rules regarding content moderation, including violent threats, it announced on Wednesday. the society.

The internet giant made the statement after the Trump camp claimed it didn’t know why its social networking app hadn’t yet been approved for the Google Play Store, which offers content for smartphones under Android.

A Google spokesperson said the company notified Truth Social on Aug. 19 that its app violated Play policies and required “effective user-generated content moderation systems” to be offered on the platform.

The app violates rules prohibiting content that incites physical threats and violence, according to the tech company.

“Last week, Truth Social responded by acknowledging our feedback and saying they were working on resolving these issues,” the Google spokesperson said.

Truth Social would still be able to make their app available on their website or other online sites that don’t involve Google’s online store.

On Wednesday, a version of Truth Social was still available on Apple’s App Store, which is the company’s only gateway to mobile devices.

Truth Social is Trump’s response to platforms like Twitter, from which he was kicked after a mob he encouraged assaulted the US Capitol in January 2021.

Meanwhile, signs are mounting that Truth Social is in financial trouble.

Fox Business Network reported last week that the platform has halted payments to the company that hosts it, RightForge, and owes $1.6 million.

Trump Media and Technology Group said in a regulatory filing that it has raised some $15 million in additional funding that it says will pay its bills through the end of April next year.

Meanwhile, a merger between Trump Media and Technology with blank check company Digital World Acquisition Corp, which was created specifically to complete the merger, has yet to happen 10 months after it was announced it would happen. . This merger is supposed to bring new funding to the Trump platform.

Regulators would review the merger to determine if anything was wrong.

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