Former President Donald Trump’s new social community, Reality Social, will launch on iOS on February twenty first, in keeping with an inventory on the App Store. (That’s Presidents Day, if you happen to didn’t know. Delicate.) 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.
Reality Social seems to be very very similar to a Twitter clone, primarily based on screenshots within the App Retailer itemizing. The profile web page proven in a single screenshot seems to be nearly precisely like Twitter’s, and posts seem to have icons for replies, retweets, faves, and sharing. (Reality Social describes every particular person put up as a “truth” within the app’s description. The retweet equal is seemingly referred to as a “re-truth.”)
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 riot on the US Capitol. In Could, he launched what was basically a weblog the place he posted pithy Twitter-length feedback, but it surely wasn’t almost 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 and reinstate his account.
It’s unclear if February twenty first can be when Reality Social will probably be out there on the net and / or Android. In case you go to Truth Social’s website right now, there’s solely a button to preorder the free app on the App Retailer and a type you possibly can fill out to hitch a ready checklist. 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 Verge. Reality Social has already launched in beta for “invited guests only,” Trump mentioned as a part of a December announcement about TMTG’s partnership with the video sharing site Rumble (which can present video and streaming know-how for Reality Social).
Reality Social has already hit some controversy, nevertheless. Reality Social is constructed utilizing Mastodon’s supply code, however in October, Mastodon printed a statement saying Reality Social was in violation of Mastodon’s software program license as a result of Reality Social claimed it was proprietary and since Reality Social didn’t share its supply code again. Mastodon mentioned it despatched a proper letter to Reality Social’s chief authorized officer asking that it share the supply code, and Reality Social has since added an “Open Source” section to its website.