Truth Social’s deficient comment moderation keeps it out of app store, Google says – Orange County Register

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Truth Social, the Twitter-like social network backed by former President Donald Trump, remains unavailable on Google’s Android app store because of deficiencies in the app’s content moderation protocol, according to a Google spokesperson.

The app favored by many of Trump’s supporters still has not met the Google Play Store’s 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 app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” the Google spokesperson told CNN. “Last week, Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing 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 still has not been officially released. Truth Social went live for Apple devices in February.

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

But Google told CNN that was a distortion, adding that it has clearly communicated that Truth Social  has not met the requirements that would permit the app to be listed for download.

Unlike Apple’s mobile operating system, which forces 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.

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