West News Wire: According to a corporate representative, Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., has authorized former President Donald Trump’s social media program Truth Social for sale in the Google Play Store.
Google announced on Wednesday that Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which runs Truth Social, will soon make the app accessible through the Play Store.
A request for response from TMTG was not immediately complied with.
According to a Google representative in August, the Play Store has not previously offered Truth Social because of insufficient content control. Truth Social made its US debut in the Apple App Store in February. Infractions of Google’s Play Store guidelines, which forbid material like physical threats and calls to violence, have raised issues with Truth Social.
Without the Google and Apple stores, there is no easy way for most smartphone users to download Truth Social.
Google’s Play Store is the main way users of Android phones in the US download apps. Android users can get apps through competing stores or download them directly from a website, though it often requires extra steps and security permissions. Truth Social has been available through those means even as Google blocked it from the Play Store.
Android phones comprise about 40 percent of the US smartphone market.
Truth Social restored Trump’s presence on social media more than a year after he was banned from Twitter Inc, Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube following the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots, after he was accused of posting messages inciting violence.
TMTG has pledged to deliver an “engaging and censorship-free experience” on Truth Social, appealing to a base that feels its views around hot-button topics such as the outcome of the 2020 presidential election have been scrubbed from mainstream tech platforms.
News of Google’s approval was first reported by Axios.