President Donald Trump launched his new social media app Truth Social on Monday, topping download charts and creating a massive waitlist.
By Tuesday morning, 1.5 billion people had viewed the app in the iPhone App Store, with nearly 400,000 people obtaining notices they were placed on a waitlist upon attempting to register.
I've been a beta tester for Trump's Truth Social app. Follow me there once it rolls out to the Apple App Store tomorrow. The media is gonna meltdown first thing Monday morning. 😂 pic.twitter.com/N8GWJq7Idm— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 21, 2022
“Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist,” TRUTH Social’s notification read. “We love you, and you’re not just another number to us.”
The new app sits atop Apple’s download chart with 170,000 downloads in its first day, according to AppTopia, a site that tracks app ecology.
TRUTH Social is currently only available on Apple devices.
The Day One download is staggering compared to other conservative platforms. Rumble has averaged 10,600 downloads per day on Apple over the last month. Gettr grabbed 12,050 while Parler netted around 1,500 downloads per day, according to
According to Reuters, the platform unveiled a soft launch late Sunday, with many users prompted to join a waitlist. Some who tried to sign up reported glitches when creating an account, though such issues are common in early app releases.
Truth Social’s launch has been postponed a few times already. The full launch was first scheduled for February 21, but that date has been pushed back to March 31.
app is a Trump Media & Technology Group product, led by former Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. The company has planned to go public via a merger with the Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation, or SPAC, with a market cap of more than $3 billion. DWAC disclosed in December that two financial regulators had opened probes into communications with Trump’s firm before the deal announcement.
In December, DWAC and TMTG announced agreements to raise $1 billion from a group of investors. But those funds would not become available until the merger closes.
Shares of Digital World were up about 14% on Tuesday.
Based on screenshots on the Truth Social’s app listing page, the platform’s design most closely resembles Twitter, one of the social media platforms that suspended Trump in the wake of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The platform’s purpose is to have a different content moderation philosophy than other platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook, with the website calling it “America’s ‘Big Tent’ social media platform that encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology.” Even so, Nunes previously told Fox Business the company would have content moderation to ensure it remains a “family-friendly” space.