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Trump’s Truth Social App Set for Release Monday in Apple App Store

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, will launch on Apple’s App Store this week, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) Chief Executive Devin Nunes said on Sunday.

“This week we will begin to roll out on the Apple App Store,” Nunes, a former Republican U.S. Representative, said in an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.”

“Our goal is, I think we’re going to hit it, I think by the by the end of March we’re going to be fully operational with at least within the United States,” he said.

Donald Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, appears set to launch in Apple’s App Store on Monday, according to posts from an executive on a test version viewed by Reuters, potentially marking the return of the former president to social media on the U.S. Presidents Day holiday.

In a series of posts late on Friday, a verified account for the network’s chief product officer, listed as Billy B., answered questions on the app from people invited to use it during its test phase. One user asked him when the app, which has been available this week for beta testers, would be released to the public, according to screenshots viewed by Reuters.

“We’re currently set for release in the Apple App store for Monday Feb. 21,” the executive responded.

The launch would restore Trump’s presence on social media more than a year after he was banned from Twitter Inc, Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, after he was accused of posting messages inciting violence.

On Feb. 15 Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr. posted on Twitter a screenshot of his father’s verified @realDonaldTrump Truth Social account with one post, or “truth,” that he uploaded on Feb. 14: “Get Ready! Your favorite President will see you soon!”

Led by former Republican U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), the venture behind Truth Social, will join a growing portfolio of technology companies that are positioning themselves as champions of free speech and hope to draw users who feel their views are suppressed on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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