Former President Donald Trump‘s social media app, Truth Social, is now available for download on the Google Play Store. Google banned the app in August 2022 due to “insufficient” content moderation policies.
Truth Social, which provides a social experience similar to Twitter, markets itself as a platform that “encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation.” It first did appear on Apple‘s App Store in February, before attempting to launch its app on the Google Play Store.
Google stated in a statement that apps on the Google Play Store are allowed as long as they “comply with our developer guidelines, including the requirement to effectively moderate user-generated content and remove objectionable posts such as those that incite violence.”
According to the company, Truth Social has agreed to follow the moderation measures required by Google for user-generated content. Google also reinstated Parler, a similarly focused app that had been banned following the Capitol riots.
Truth Social, which is owned by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG), has been dealing with financial issues related to its repeatedly delayed SPAC, in addition to policy violations that initially prevented its launch on Android. The shell company set to merge with TMTG and go public, Digital World Acquisition Corp, delayed the process again on Monday and has now scheduled a shareholder vote for November 3rd.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also investigating Trump‘s media company, following a complaint alleging securities violations from a former Trump Media executive. Digital World Acquisition Corp has already warned investors that a drop in Trump’s popularity could impact the company.