Trump's 'Truth Social' Tops Apple App Store Chart

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    The Facts

    • Truth Social, former President Trump's social media app, has spiked in popularity this week and overtaken Twitter and TikTok to reach the top spot on Apple's US app chart.

    • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the reason Truth Social was doing so well was because Twitter is censoring free speech.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    Millions of users are flocking to Truth because it provides a voice for conservatives shut out by Twitter, plus anyone else is welcome. Besides, Truth now features unimpeachable, fast tech that is working hard to keep out the bots and fake accounts that plague Twitter.

    Left narrative

    A spike in downloads isn't a predictor of future success. Conservatives are showing interest in returning to Twitter after the Musk news, while would-be subscribers to Truth are landing on a wait list. It's a long row to hoe for Trump's platform, which even he hasn't used since making one post upon its launch.

    Cynical narrative

    Trump might claim he's not going to return to Twitter, but considering how important it was to him before his ban, one has to expect his desire for the attention and the wider audience Twitter provides will lure him back.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 62% chance Trump will be back on Twitter before the end of 2022, according the Metaculus prediction community.

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