Former President Donald Trump’s new social community, Fact Social, will launch on iOS on February twenty first, in accordance with a list on the App Retailer. (That’s Presidents Day, if you happen to didn’t know. Refined.) The app is being made by the Trump Media and Know-how Group (TMTG), Trump’s new media firm led by former US Rep. Devin Nunes.
Fact Social seems very very like a Twitter clone, primarily based on screenshots within the App Retailer itemizing. The profile web page proven in a single screenshot seems virtually precisely like Twitter’s, and posts seem to have icons for replies, retweets, faves, and sharing. (Fact Social describes every particular person submit as a “reality” within the app’s description. The retweet equal is outwardly known as a “re-truth.”)
The Twitter-like design possible isn’t an accident
The social community’s Twitter-like design is nearly assuredly no accident. Twitter was Trump’s favourite megaphone for years, till he was completely banned in January 2021 shortly after the January sixth rebellion on the US Capitol. In Could, he launched what was basically a weblog the place he posted pithy Twitter-length feedback, however it wasn’t practically as common as his former Twitter account and was shut down lower than a month after it launched. Trump sued Twitter in October in an try to reinstate his account.
It’s unclear if February twenty first can be when Fact Social will probably be accessible on the internet and / or Android. If you happen to go to Fact Social’s web site proper now, there’s solely a button to preorder the free app on the App Retailer and a type you possibly can fill out to affix a ready record. It’s additionally unclear whether or not the social community will probably be invite-only when it launches.
TMTG didn’t instantly reply to questions from The TechMac. Fact Social has already launched in beta for “invited visitors solely,” Trump stated as a part of a December announcement about TMTG’s partnership with the video sharing web site Rumble (which can present video and streaming expertise for Fact Social).
Fact Social has already hit some controversy, nonetheless. Fact Social is constructed utilizing Mastodon’s supply code, however in October, Mastodon revealed a press release saying Fact Social was in violation of Mastodon’s software program license as a result of Fact Social claimed it was proprietary and since Fact Social didn’t share its supply code again. Mastodon stated it despatched a proper letter to Fact Social’s chief authorized officer asking that it share the supply code, and Fact Social has since added an “Open Supply” part to its web site.