Google Play Store Rejects Trump’s Truth Social App Over Content Moderation

Google has not approved Truth Social’s Android app for its Play Store due to “insufficient content moderation,” Axios reports.

Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes last week said that it was “up to Google” when the app would be available on Android.

"I don't know what's taking them so long,” Nunes said.

Truth Social could offer Android users a version of its app that’s accessible via a web browser but “the company has not done so,” according to the report.

Truth Social has faced setbacks since its launch earlier this year, launching with many glitches and long wait lists.

Google responds:

“On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that 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,” a Google spokesperson told Axios.

"Last week Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues,” the spokesperson said.

Content moderation:

A source told Axios that Google is concerned about incitement of violence on the platform.

The app leaves up content that threatens violence, though it sometimes marks it as “sensitive content.”

"This content may not be suitable for all audiences," the disclaimer says.

But not all posts have been labeled, including one posted last week.

"It's be nice if you people weren't just okay with the military and police stage a rebellion and framing civilians,” the post said. “Zero people trust the police and if the military comes in, we'll kill them. Someone admit this nation needs to be nuked because it's satanic."


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