Trump’s Truth Social app is not available on the Google Play Store due to a lack of content moderation, Google says.
The company released a statement today, several days after Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes suggested in a TV interview that Google was responsible for the heist. “When are we going to be available on Android? Well listen, it depends on the Google Play Store. We are waiting for them to approve us”, Nunes Told(Opens in a new window) The real voice of America. “I don’t know what is taking so long.”
Google tells PCMag that Truth Social has been well briefed on why the app is still not available on the Play Store.
“On August 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current application submission and reiterated that having effective systems to moderate user-generated content is a condition of our Terms of Service for any app goes live on Google Play,” the company said in a statement. “Last week, Truth Social responded by acknowledging our feedback and saying they were working to resolve these issues.”
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The company also told PCMag that Nunes misrepresented the ongoing dialogue between Google and Truth Social about how to meet App Store requirements. Google points out that Play Store policies prohibit content that includes physical threats and incitement to violence.
Truth Social already has content moderation systems in place to suppress illegal activity. However, some messages involving incitement to violence may still circulate there. Earlier this month, the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter(Opens in a new window) to Truth Social to express concern over a wave of online threats appearing on the platform after the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
“A Truth Social user posted, ‘Fuck the Feds! The Second Amendment is not about shooting deer! Lock and load!’ Another wrote: “Arm yourself! We are about to enter the civil war! »
In response to Google, Truth Social’s parent company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), issued a statement(Opens in a new window) which says, “TMTG has continuously worked in good faith with Google to ensure that the Truth Social Android app complies with Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech… We await looking forward to Google approving Truth Social at the earliest convenience.”
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Still, Trump’s company has hinted that threats of violence can circulate on other social media platforms such as Twitter, which is available on the Google Play Store. TMTG quoted one still available Tweeter(Opens in a new window) by U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) about America going to war against gun owners who want to protect the Second Amendment.
“Additionally, some of our competitors’ apps are allowed on the Google Play Store despite blatantly violating Google’s ban on sexual content and other policies, while Truth Social has zero tolerance for sexually explicit content. “, added TMTG.
In the meantime, Google claims that Truth Social is not banned from the Play Store. In fact, the company points out that Trump’s social media platform is currently available for Pre-order(Opens in a new window) the.
Truth Social is also available on the Apple App Store and on the web.
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