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Google continues to block Trump’s Truth Social from its app store due to lack of content moderation

Truth Social, which is the social media app created by former President Donald Trump and is owned by Trump Media and Technology Group, remains unavailable on the Google Play store.

The Hill reported that Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes confirmed last week that the app was ready to appear in Google Store and was awaiting approval.

“When are we going to be available on Android. Well, look, that’s up to the Google Play Store. I mean, we’re waiting on them to approve us, and I don’t know what’s taking so long.”

Google said that the app has not yet been approved as there are inadequate systems in place for content moderation. “On Aug. 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 tech company, which is owned by Alphabet, told CNBC in a statement on Tuesday.

Truth Social is available through Apple’s app store.

“TMTG has continuously worked in good faith with Google to ensure that the Truth Social Android App complies with Google’s policies without compromising our promise to be a haven for free speech,” Truth Social said in an investor press release. “As our users know, Truth Social is building a vibrant, family-friendly environment that works expeditiously to remove content that violates its Terms of Service – which independent observers have noted are among the most robust in the industry.”

Trump created Truth Social as a “free-speech” platform after his Twitter account was removed, not long after the January 6 Capitol riots.

Trump currently has 4 million followers on Truth Social, however he had 88 million followers on Twitter before his account was removed.

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