Why Trump-backed Truth Social is still not available on the Google App Store

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The app favored by many Trump supporters has still failed to meet Google Play Store standards, including policies against incitement and physical threats of violence, the company told CNN on Tuesday.

“On August 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current application submission and reiterated that having effective systems to moderate user-generated content is a condition of our Terms of Service for any app goes live on Google Play,” the Google spokesperson told CNN. “Last week, Truth Social responded by acknowledging our feedback and saying they were working to resolve these issues.”

Google’s statement was first reported by Axios.

Although Truth Social has been listed as available for pre-order on the Google Play Store since August 3, the app has still not been officially released, despite Truth Social going live for Apple devices months earlier, in february.

In a media interview posted to YouTube on Friday, Devin Nunes, CEO of Truth Social’s parent company, the Trump Technology & Media Group, said that Truth Social has had “great success working with Apple; with Google, we expect just”. He added that the decision to list Truth Social was “up to the Google Play Store” and that “we’re waiting for them to approve us.”

But Google told CNN that was a misrepresentation, adding that it had made it clear that Truth Social still did not meet the requirements that would allow the app to be listed for download.

Unlike Apple’s mobile operating system, which requires users to download apps exclusively from Apple’s proprietary app store, Android apps can be downloaded from any source. Truth Social does not appear to be offered through its own website or through third-party app marketplaces.

On Tuesday, Trump Technology & Media Group said in a statement that it has “continually worked in good faith” with Google.

“TMTG has no desire to litigate its cases in the public sphere, but for the record, responded promptly to all requests from Google,” the company said. “We believe that all Americans should have access to Truth Social, regardless of the devices they use. We look forward to Google’s approval of Truth Social as soon as possible.”

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