Critics Mock Donald Trump's 'Truth Social' Over Slump

Truth Social, the platform touted by former president Donald Trump as a "fight back against Big Tech" has been mocked by critics weeks after its launch due to its slow take-up.

The network was a consequence of Trump being banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and was launched on February 21 by Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG).

But users have complained about errors on the app not allowing them to sign up and being put in a queue with hundreds of thousands of other people ahead of them.

Meanwhile, downloads had dropped to ​​60,000 per week in Apple's App Store, according to mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower, which told Yahoo this was "down 93 percent" from the 872,000 it got the week it launched.

Digital World Acquisition Corp, the acquisition company that merged with TMTG, has shed 31 percent of its value since shares soared late in February when the app launched, Bloomberg News reported.

There were just over half a million users of the app on Apple devices over the past week, although there could be hundreds of thousands of users on a waiting list without access to its full functionality, Bloomberg said.

Meanwhile, the app is not yet available to Android users, which could potentially add millions in additional downloads.

However, the difficult early weeks since its launch has spurred some Twitter users to poke fun at Trump on the platform the former president no longer has access to, following the riot of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol.

"Thank you to all you gullible people who spent your money on another Trump failure waiting to happen, Truth Social," tweeted Morten Øverbye.

"Getting Devin Nunes out of Congress was worth all your hard-earned money," he added, referring to the former U.S. representative for California who is now TMTG's chief executive officer.

Washington Post journalist Philip Bump tweeted: "It's sort of wild that Truth Social just evaporated."

"So... Truth Social has had a 93 percent drop in downloads... but I hear that they're demanding a recount," tweeted user Fr. Robert R. Ballecer.

Last month, TV host Jimmy Kimmel said: "Truth Social has been such a disappointment so far, Trump may have to rename it to 'Don Jr.'"

Newsweek has contacted TMTG, Donald Trump's office, and Digital World Acquisition Corp for comment.

Trump's son promoted the platform on Wednesday with the message "who's ready for some truth!" and "LFG!!!" However, his father has not posted since its launch, which Mashable reported was one of the reasons for its slow start.

Despite its detractors, there are supporters who say that it is still early days.

Jenna Ellis, a contributor to Newsmax tweeted: "lol of course Truth Social downloads are down from where it started... literally everyone downloaded it immediately. Sorry, haters and losers."

Her comment sparked a thread in which U.S. congressional candidate Jerrod Sessler wrote: "It is also taking time to activate everyone. I'm on but it will be months before they are caught up. They are working feverishly but they are doing the impossible to build this so quickly."

In March, Nunes told One America News Network, "our team is working literally around the clock 24/7," and that "as we grow and as we add people, we squash bugs, we're making changes right."

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This illustration shows Donald Trump's new social media app Truth Social in Los Angeles, February 21, 2022. Critics have mocked the teething problems of the app. CHRIS DELMAS/Getty Images

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