Former President Donald Trump made it clear weeks ago that he will not be joining Twitter, and will stick to his own social media platform, Truth Social. “I am going to be staying on Truth. TRUTH Social will be a voice for me … and that’s something nobody else can get,” Trump said in a statement.
Ever Since its launch, Truth Social has been doing quite well, after a few initial roadblocks. According to reports, Truth Social was ranked 52nd on the chart prior to the transaction between Elon Musk and Twitter, while Twitter was ranked 39th at the time.
Downloads of former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social increased by 100% from April 18 to April 20, reaching 75,000 downloads for the week. Trump’s Truth Social has been downloaded nearly 1.4 million times since its release in February of this year.
And now, users get to see Trump’s posts six hours earlier than any other site.
Join Truth Social and get to see Donald Trump’s posts 6 hours earlier
An SEC filing by Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special-purpose acquisition company attempting to merge with and take public Trump Media & Technology Group, revealed some interesting details about the SPAC’s deal with Trump.
Digital World Acquisition Corp. lists several business risks associated with Trump, TMTG’s chairman and largest stockholder, in the document. According to the licensing agreement between Trump and TMTG, “President Trump is generally obligated to make any social media post on TruthSocial and may not make the same post on another social media site for 6 hours. Thereafter, he is free to post on any site to which he has access. Thus, TMTG has limited time to benefit from his posts and followers may not find it compelling to use TruthSocial to read his posts that quickly.”
So, if Trump rejoined Twitter, he would only have to wait one-fourth of a day to repost his “truths” as tweets. And there are some notable exceptions as the document further states, “In addition, he may make a post from a personal account related to political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts on any social media site at any time.”
The majority of Trump’s tweets could be described as “political messaging.” These are the only “truths” Trump has shared in the last two days that aren’t explicitly about a candidate he’s endorsed in Tuesday’s primaries or a Dinesh D’Souza documentary claiming the 2020 election was stolen for Joe Biden, which is obviously quite political.
In January 2021, Trump received a permanent ban from Twitter for inciting violence when thousands of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. He had nearly 89 million followers on the platform at the time, but his “truths” now reach 2.9 million people on Truth Social.
Elon Musk has stated that if he were to acquire Twitter, he would unban Trump. But it’s unclear whether Trump wants to return to Twitter at all; he’s made it clear that he doesn’t.