Donald Trump's social media app Truth Social has seen an increase in downloads after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida last week to retrieve White House documents with sensitive information.

The number of app downloads skyrocketed by 550 percent during the week after the search, compared to the week prior, according to information obtained by VICE News from Data AI, a company that tracks app downloads.

Trump used the platform to rally his supporters against the FBI and shared an article that floated the idea that he would seek payback against those involved in the search if he becomes president again, according to VICE News. The article, a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "The Payback for Mar-a-Lago Will be Brutal" was shared by the former president on his Truth Social account.

The FBI was criticized after the Mar-a-Lago search with the platform reportedly sending a push alert last week to promote an article by Breitbart, a conservative website, that disclosed the names of two FBI agents involved in the search, CNN correspondent Donie O'Sullivan reported.

The app, which went live on February 21, was downloaded less than 20,000 times, with an average of around 2,500 downloads daily from Apple's app store, during the week before the FBI search on August 8. But, it was then downloaded 107,500 times, with an average of 13,400 downloads per day, during the week that followed the search.

Here, an illustration photo shows Donald Trump's new social media app Truth Social logo on a smartphone. Trump's social media app has seen an increase in downloads after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago residence.Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images

Data by Similarweb that was obtained by Sky News also showed that the app downloads surged to 6,545 from 1,386 on the day after the FBI raid.

The FBI search was carried out with the approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland, with the purpose of looking for top secret (TS) and sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) as well as other classified documents. The Washington Post reported that some of the records recovered related to nuclear weapons, but Trump has described that reporting as a "hoax."

Additionally, sources recently told Newsweek that the search happened after authorities received a tip from an informer, who identified the type of highly classified documents that were still in Trump's possession and their location.

Meanwhile, Trump took on to Truth Social to express his opinion on what he called the "unannounced raid." The app was one of the most downloaded apps on the Apple App store the day it launched in February when it saw 170,000 daily downloads.

Trump created the platform in an effort to move away from what he called "the tyranny of big tech." The former president used to be vocal on Twitter and gained massive popularity since he joined in 2009 until he was banned on the platform for life after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January 2021.

Despite his attempt to create an alternative to existing social media platforms, Trump has less than 1 percent of the follower base he used to have on Twitter, with some 835,000 followers on Truth Social.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's media office for comment.