Trump Truth Social App Gets Half a Million Users in First 48 Hours

Despite a shaky start, Donald Trump's Truth Social app has attracted more than 500,000 users in its first 48 hours.

The app, created by the Trump Media and Technology Group, went live in the early hours of Monday on Apple's App Store. The launch meant that those who did not pre-order Truth Social could set up the accounts on the self-styled "free speech" platform.

By Tuesday evening, Truth Social had become the number one free app on the Apple marketplace after more than half a million people signed up, according to Twitter users who shared their number on the growing wait list.

However, the launch was not without its teething problems. Soon after it went live, many people complained the sign-up system was not working and they could not set up an account. Others also reported being held in lengthy waiting lines before they could complete their profile on Truth Social, with the queue reportedly said to be nearly 400,000-users long at one stage.

One user who struggled to get his account set up was Kevin, who only wished to be referred to by his first name. Despite not being a supporter of the former president, he wanted to set up a Truth Social account in the "Sisyphean hope that a non-Trump voice might make a difference."

Kevin described how after being told he was eligible to set up a Truth Social account, he spent a "frustrating hour" actually trying to set one up. "Normally setting up a new account for an iPhone app would take minutes. I almost gave up a dozen times," he told Newsweek.

"Every step of the way was difficult because of constant error messages or statements that things were unavailable or wrong. Each step finally succeeded after many failed attempts to complete that step. The software is clunky and unreliable," he said.

He was originally placed on the waiting list to access the app at number 5,804, before later being bumped all the way down to 97,146.

The troubled start for Truth Social occurred despite the fact the platform has yet to fully roll out. The app is currently not available on Android, only available in the U.S., and there is no corresponding website where users can post their "truths."

Truth Social is also facing potential legal issues over its logo.

Soon after its launch, British solar power company Trailar said it was looking into what actions it could take after being made aware that its purple logo is almost identical to Truth Social's.

"We are now seeking legal advice to understand next steps and options available to protect our brand," Matthew Summers, Trailar's head of marketing, told Newsweek on Monday.

Elsewhere, right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Stew Peters—one of a number of right-wing figures to sign up for Truth Social—complained that the app, which prides itself on free speech, was censoring his posts calling for government officials to be "put on trial and executed."

"I'm ALREADY being censored on Truth Social," Peters wrote on messaging service Telegram.

"Want to know what I said? I said, 'The people in our government responsible for allowing our kids to be killed with these dangerous Covid shots, should be put on trial and executed.' Free speech isn't free."

Peters also shared a screenshot of Truth Social flagging his post as "sensitive content."

Speaking prior to the launch, former California Congressman Devin Nunes, who resigned from office in order to become chief executive officer of TMTG in January, said he hopes Truth Social will be embraced by those who have been "booted from social media" over the past few years.

"It's just it's actually very moving for me to see people that are on the platform that have had their voice canceled—and that's our main goal here is to give people their voice back," Nunes told Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures.

TMTG did not return Newsweek's request for comment in time for publication.

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Donald Trump’s Truth Social app attracted more than 500,000 users around 48 hours after it launched on the Apple App Store on February 21, 2022. Gado/ Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images