Google approves Trump’s Truth Social for play store

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Google has raised concerns about a violation of its policy that prohibits content such as threats and incitement to violence.

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Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, has approved former US President Donald Trump’s Truth Social social media app for distribution on the Google Play store, a spokesperson for the company said.

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which runs Truth Social, is expected to make the app available on the Play Store soon, Google said on Wednesday.

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TMTG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Truth Social, which launched in the US on the Apple App Store in February, was not previously available on the Play Store due to insufficient content moderation, according to a Google spokesperson in August. Google has raised concerns with Truth Social about violations of Play Store policies that ban content such as physical threats and incitement to violence.

Without the Google and Apple stores, most smartphone users don’t have an easy way to download Truth Social.

The Google Play Store is the primary way Android phone users in the US download apps. Android users can obtain apps through competing stores or download them directly from a website, although this often requires additional security steps and permissions. Truth Social was available through these means even though Google blocked it from the Play Store.

Android phones make up about 40 percent of the US smartphone market.

Truth Social restored Trump’s social media presence more than a year after he was banned from Twitter Inc, Facebook and Alphabet Inc on YouTube following the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots after he was accused of posting messages inciting violence .

TMTG has pledged to provide an “engaging and censor-free experience” on Truth Social, reaching out to a base that believes its views on hot topics like the outcome of the 2020 presidential election have been removed from mainstream tech platforms.

The news of Google’s approval was first reported by Axios.

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