Former President Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, which launched just two days ago, is struggling with technical glitches and the onboarding of new users in the early stages of its launch. The site that billed itself as a species alternative to free speech to Twitter with more lax content moderation policies, has already booted some users off its platform. Other users are struggling to even access the platform, which now has almost half a million people on its waiting list.
User Matt Ortega was disapproved from Truth Social due to his username @DevineNunesCow. meshable. A parody Twitter account of the same name poked fun at former Rep. Devin Nunes, who is currently the CEO of Truth Social’s parent company.
Some users have pointed out that Truth Social’s moderation policy is this than that of Twitter, despite its claim to be a haven from Big Tech’s censorship. Unlike Twitter, Truth Social users can be banned or booted from the platform altogether if they post content that moderators believe is false, defamatory, or misleading. While Twitter had In the past on Covid-19 and election misinformation, it regularly allowed others fly by. Truth Social users may also be banned for posting content that moderators deem “defamatory, libelous, or otherwise objectionable.” Twitter tends to be selective in how it handles disputes between users, except where disputes are involved .
Still, it’s unlikely that Truth Social will be able to enforce such a strict moderation policy should it continue to grow in scope. The platform relies on a combination of volunteer moderators, user reports and to handle content removal.
New and potential users also encounter technical glitches when trying to sign in to the iOS-only app. The platform faced a 13-hour service outage just hours after its Sunday night debut due to a flood of new users. It now limits the number of new accounts that can be registered on the site. A waiting list to join the app at the time of publication is more than people long.
The app currently has an average user rating of 4.1 stars from Apple app store, although some 5-star reviewers noted that they haven’t been able to log into the app yet. A reviewer who rated the app wrote that they have not yet received an email confirmation from Truth Social that has not yet expired: “Every time I try to create an account, I do not receive an email to verify my email address . No, it’s not junk mail either. Once I received the email many hours later and it had already expired. I keep trying and will keep trying. 5 stars because I think someone plays games and the rating doesn’t matter because I haven’t even been able to create an account yet. I’m just trying to solve a problem.”
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