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What Is TRUTH Social? Donald Trump's New Social Media Platform Explained Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former US President Donald Trump announced last October that he was planning to unveil a revolutionary technology company, but now it has been branded a "disaster."

He had said that he created Truth Social to stand up to the "tyranny of big tech," reported BBC. He noted that people live in a world where the "Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter yet your favorite American President has been silenced."

On Presidents' Day, Feb. 21, Truth Social was launched but six weeks later is plagued by problems. Many are unable to use it as it has a waiting list of almost 1.5 million. The app appears a lot like Twitter, which banned the former President from using the platform after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on Jan. 6 last year. Truth Social isn't available on web browsers, Android phones or apparently to a majority of people outside America.

Joshua Tucker, director of New York University's Center for Social Media and Politics, said, "It's been a disaster." According to a Republican ally of Trump's, who did not wish to be identified, said nobody "seems to know what's going on."

According to Similar Web, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook are among the 10 most downloaded apps, Truth Social is outside the top 100. Downloads of the app have fallen by as much as 95%, revealed another study.

Truth Social chief executive Devin Nunes said that its goal was to be "fully operational" by the end of March, but why the app is having so many problems has baffled experts. Some experts feel that the problem is due to Truth Social's partnership with Rumble. It is a video-sharing platform that looks a bit like YouTube. Rumble, which is popular with conservatives and the far right, was supposed to provide a "critical backbone" for the site's infrastructure.

Talking about server problems, a Republican source close to Trump said that it should "take a few days to fix, not six weeks." The source shared that there's "always going to be hiccups at the beginning, but at this point, I would have thought it would have been resolved."

Reuters reported that after troubled app launch, two key tech executives quit Truth Social. Last year, Josh Adams and Billy Boozer - the company’s chiefs of technology and product development - joined the venture. They soon became central players in its bid to build a social-media empire, backed by Trump’s brand. According to two sources, both of them have resigned from their senior posts.

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This photo illustration shows an image of former President Donald Trump next to a phone screen that is displaying the Truth Social app, in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2022. - Donald Trump's new social media app started a gradual rollout late February 21st and should be "fully operational" by late March, potentially raising the former president's profile more than a year after he was banned by major platforms. Trump has described Truth Social as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, all of which banned him following the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021. The former president has been accused of inciting his followers to use force in a bid to overturn the result of the 2020 election. Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

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