According to a Google representative on Tuesday, former US President Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, has not yet been approved for distribution on Alphabet Inc.’s Google Play Store because of insufficient content filtering.
In a statement, Google said, “On August 19th, 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.”
Google claimed that it had raised concerns with Truth Social regarding infringements of the Play Store rules that forbid materials like physical threats and incitement to violence.
Reuters requested comment from Truth Social’s parent company Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), but the company stated in a news statement that it has “continuously worked in good faith with Google to ensure that the Truth Social Android App [comply] with Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech.”
It added that “some of our competitors’ apps are allowed in the Google Play Store despite rampantly violating Google’s prohibition on sexual content and other policies…whereas Truth Social has zero tolerance for sexually explicit content.”
Truth Social Referred to as a Free Speech Platform
Truth Social is frequently referred to as a “free speech” platform. However, Apple and Google must approve the software before it can be downloaded on the vast majority of smartphones in use worldwide.
Following the incident at the US Capitol last year, Trump was prohibited from using both Facebook and Twitter.
After Facebook removed Trump from its platform, it forwarded its decision to the independent Oversight Board, a group of academics and civic leaders from around the world that had been founded the previous year.
Later on, the Oversight Board upheld Trump’s suspension, but it also recommended that Facebook choose a “proportionate response” that is in line with the standards that apply to all other platform users.
Truth Social, according to its critics, has a problem with misinformation and hate speech.