According to a company spokesperson, Alphabet''s Google has approved the former US President Donald Trump''s social media app Truth Social for sale in the Google Play store.
"It''s been a pleasure to work with Google, and we''re pleased that they helped us to finally introduce Truth Social to all Americans, regardless of the device they use," Devin Nunes, chief executive officer of TMTG.
According to a Google spokesperson in August, Truth Social, which was launched in the United States on the Apple App Store, had previously been available in the Play Store due to insufficient content moderation.
Most smartphone users are not able to download Truth Social without Google or Apple stores.
Google''s Play Store is the main way users of Android phones in the United States download apps. Unlike competing websites, Android users may download apps directly from a website, although it often requires additional steps and security permissions. Truth Social has been made available through those means even as Google blocked it from the Play Store.
The price of Android phones is at around 40% of the US smartphone market.
Following the US Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, Truth Social regained Trump''s presence on social media more than a year later. After being banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet''s YouTube, he was accused of posting messages inciting violence.
On Truth Social, TMTG has pledged to provide a "engaging and censorship-free experience" in the field, attracting a minority who believes that its views on such hot-button topics as the outcome of the 2020 presidential election have been dismantled from mainstream media.
Axios has first reported about Google''s approval.
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