Fact Check: TRUTH Social Users Must Agree Not to 'Disparage' the Site

Former President Donald Trump's announcement of a new social media platform to be launched has been a major talking point online and come under scrutiny.

The Claim

Social media users have flagged purported aspects of the terms and conditions, including one point suggesting users agree not to "disparage" the site.

Under ""Prohibited Activities" in the Terms of Service:

"23. disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site"

So much for a "social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation"

— raincoast (@raincoast0) October 21, 2021

Get this from the Terms of Service. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

“disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.”

— Raven (@RavenDragon2015) October 21, 2021

Trump created this platform in part because he claims other platforms censor conservatives. So I took a look at his new Terms of Service and "prohibited activities." As a user, you agree not to: disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site https://t.co/MfiwAvG9pk

— Kayla Gogarty (@ohhkaygo) October 21, 2021

The Facts

While the platform is not yet live, Newsweek checked the terms of service currently available on the website, which states they were last updated on September 20, 2021.

A section titled "prohibited activities" states: "You may not access or use the Site for any purpose other than that for which we make the Site available. The Site may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors except those that are specifically endorsed or approved by us."

It then goes on to stipulate a list of actions users agree not to do. In this, it lists "disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site."

There is also a section addressing "excessive us of capital letters," which states users must not "upload or transmit (or attempt to upload or to transmit) viruses, Trojan horses, or other material, including excessive use of capital letters and spamming (continuous posting of repetitive text), that interferes with any party's uninterrupted use and enjoyment of the Site or modifies, impairs, disrupts, alters, or interferes with the use, features, functions, operation, or maintenance of the Site."

A national rollout of the site is expected in the first quarter of 2022, after a beta launch for "invited guests" which is set to begin in November 2021.

🚨President Donald J. Trump Announces Trump Media & Technology Group🚨

“I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech...

I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon...” pic.twitter.com/TCZVYq1VJQ

— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 21, 2021

In a press release, Trump said: "I'm excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech. Everyone asks me why doesn't someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will be soon!"

Trump has long been critical of existing mainstream social media platforms, having faced bans from many including Twitter and Facebook.

Commenting on TRUTH Social, Donald Trump Jr. said it will "cancel cancel culture."

"What we are trying to do is create a big tent, an open and free network for people to be able to assert your First Amendment rights," he said to Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Though the site is not set to roll out until next year, people have reported being able to sign up for accounts.

The Ruling

Fact Check - True



Yes, the terms of service for TRUTH Social do state that users agree not to disparage the site.

This is one of a 24-point list of actions users agree not to do.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on October 09, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. He has announced a new social media site to be launched, TRUTH Social. Scott Olson/Getty Images
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