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The app was available for download in the US shortly before 5am UK time and was automatically downloaded to Apple Inc devices belonging to users who had pre-ordered. Some users say they’re either having trouble creating an account, or they’ve been added to a waiting list with a message: “Due to high demand, we’ve placed you on our waiting list. waiting”.
Mr Trump has been banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following the attack on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021. The former president has been accused of posting messages inciting violence.
Led by former Republican U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), which is behind Truth Social, joins a growing portfolio of tech companies positioning themselves as champions of free speech.
They hope to attract users who feel like their opinions are suppressed on more established platforms.
Mr Nunes told Fox News on Sunday: “This week we will begin rolling out to the Apple App Store.
Donald Trump’s Truth Social app has been launched.
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“It’s going to be awesome because we’re going to have so many more people that are going to be on the platform.
“Our goal is – I think we’re going to achieve it – I think by the end of March we’ll be fully operational at least in the United States.”
House and Senate Republicans have been promoting the app with Representatives Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene both tweeting that they will be joining the platform.
However, one Twitter user fumed, “Does anyone have to wait to access Truth Social? My account has been created but I can’t continue.”
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A second commented: “I’m still waiting for my email verification link from Truth social. I guess there are a lot of people trying to continue. Hope it’s worth the wait. “
Another clapped: “Waiting to be part of the best social media platform ever!”
And a fourth Twitter user said, “Goodbye Twitter #TruthSocial.”
The launch of Truth Social comes after Mr Trump lost a bid to dismiss lawsuits accusing him of instigating the attack on the US Capitol.
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Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said three lawsuits filed by Democratic members of Congress and two police officers could go to trial.
He agreed to remove Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump Jr., who were named co-defendants, from prosecution.
A 1982 Supreme Court case arguing that presidents are protected or immune from prosecution for their official acts looms large in the litigation.
Judge Mehta ruled that Mr. Trump was not immune from prosecution, determining that the then president’s fiery speech before the attack on Capitol Hill was not within the scope of his official presidential duties.
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He ruled, “To deny a president immunity from civil harm is no small feat. The court fully understands the seriousness of its decision.
“But the alleged facts of this case are unprecedented and the court believes its decision is consistent with the purposes underlying such immunity.”
Mr. Trump and his co-defendants argued that their remarks leading up to the January 6 attack were free speech and protected by the US Constitution.
Meanwhile, a New York judge ruled last Thursday that Mr. Trump and two of his adult children must answer questions under oath within 21 days as part of the state attorney general’s civil investigation into their family business.
Judge Arthur Engoron of New York State Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of Attorney General Letitia James who sought to enforce subpoenas to compel Mr Trump, Donald Trump Jr and his daughter Ivanka Trump.
He said Ms James had a clear right to question the Trumps after uncovering “abundant evidence of possible financial fraud”. Judge Engoron ordered the Trumps to submit to questioning within 21 days.
The decision came after a two-hour hearing in which the Trumps’ lawyers accused Ms James of circumventing their clients’ constitutional rights by seeking testimony that she could then use against them in a parallel criminal investigation.
Mr Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba has accused Ms James of ‘selective prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct’ the US has never seen, citing statements reflecting the prosecutor’s ‘despicable contempt’ Democratic general for Trump.
Ms Habba said: “If he wasn’t who he is, she wouldn’t be doing this. This court can help stop this circus.”
Kevin Wallace, a lawyer in Ms James’ office, dismissed the charge.