Alphabet Inc’s Google endorsed former US president donald trumpsocial media app Social truth for distribution on the Google Play Store, a company spokesperson said.
Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), which operates Truth Social, is expected to make the app available on the Play Store soon, Google said.
“It’s been a pleasure working with Google, and we’re glad they’ve helped us finally bring Truth Social to all Americans, no matter what device they use,” said TMTG CEO Devin. Nunes, in a statement.
Truth Social, launched in the United States in the Apple App Store in February, was previously unavailable on the Play Store due to insufficient content moderation, according to a Google spokesperson in August. Google had raised concerns with Truth Social about violations of its Play Store policies prohibiting content such as physical threats and incitement to violence.
Without the Google and Apple stores, there is no easy way for most smartphone users to download Truth Social.
The Google Play Store is the primary download channel for Android phone users in the United States. apps. Android users can obtain apps through competing stores or download them directly from a website, although this often requires additional steps and security permissions. Truth Social is available through these means even though Google has blocked it from the Play Store.
Android phones make up about 40% of the US smartphone market.
Truth Social restored Trump’s social media presence more than a year after he was banned from Twitter Inc, Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube following the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots, after being accused of posting messages inciting violence.
TMTG has pledged to provide an “engaging and censorship-free experience” on Truth Social, appealing to a base who feel their views on hot topics such as the 2020 presidential election result have been scrubbed from consumer technology platforms.
News of Google’s approval was first reported by Axios.