Former President Donald Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, is expected to make its debut on Presidents’ Day, according to a report by Reuters† In a test version of the app viewed by Reutersthe outlet saw a message from the network’s chief product officer (CPO) indicating the app’s launch on February 21.
“We’re currently set for release on the Apple App Store for Monday, Feb. 21,” said the executive — who goes by “Billy B” on Truth Social — reportedly in response to a beta tester’s question about the app’s public release date. . Truth Social will be open to “invited guests only” as early as December, and about 500 beta testers will gain access to the network later.
Former Representative Devin Nunes, who now serves as CEO of Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), gave more details about the app on Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. While he didn’t explicitly mention a Presidents’ Day release, he did say the app would hit the App Store sometime this week. “We start rolling out this week” [to] people in the Apple App Store,” Nunes says. “By the end of March we will be fully operational, at least in the United States.”
As noted by ReutersCPO Billy B. also answered beta testers’ questions about the platform itself, which so far resembles its Silicon Valley rival, Twitter. In response to a question about users’ ability to edit their “truths” or posts, the director said “not yet.” The lack of an editing feature at launch is pretty funny, especially for a platform that’s supposed to compete directly with Twitter (where users still can’t edit tweets, much to everyone’s dismay). The executive also revealed that Truth Social is working on a direct messaging feature, the ability to sign up to receive notifications about new content, as well as a user verification policy, Reuters reports.
At the end of last week, a New York Times report suggested the app’s release date has been delayed to March, possibly as a result of the Security and Exchange Commission’s investigation into Trump’s SPAC deal to make TMTG public. But now it looks like Truth Social is still on track for its planned release date, though it’s still unclear when or if an Android version of the social network will be released. The edge contacted TMTG with a request for comment, but did not immediately hear back.