Google refuses to welcome Donald Trump’s social network, Truth Social, on its Google Play application store, the content of which is not subject to sufficient moderation, according to the technological giant.
In a statement sent to AFP on Wednesday, the Alphabet subsidiary explains that it reported, on August 19, to Truth Social, of “several violations” of Google’s regulations on the platform.
No moderation system
Google says it has “again indicated that having effective user-generated content moderation systems in place is a requirement [nécessaire] for an app to be uploaded to Google Play.
According to a Google spokesperson, Truth Social responded to this letter saying “it was working on these issues”.
Unlike the iPhone’s iOS, Google’s Android operating system for smartphones allows a user to download an application through channels other than its application store, Google Play.
However, the platform remains the preferred means for most owners of an Android phone, who represent about three quarters of the smartphone population in the world.
Truth Social no longer pays its host
Launched at the end of February, Truth Social aims to be an alternative to the major social networks, Twitter in particular, from which Donald Trump has been suspended since the beginning of January 2021, with freedom of expression for leitmotif and a minimum moderation of content.
Google’s refusal comes as Fox Business Network reported that Truth Social stopped paying its platform host, RightForge, several months ago.
“Truth Social is financially strong, as demonstrated by its ability to recently raise $15 million in a bridge loan,” the company said in a filing posted Wednesday on the website of the US Securities and Exchange Authority, the SEC.
The parent company of Truth Social, Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) is also slow to finalize its merger with a listed vehicle, Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC), which should allow it to receive fresh money.
Former President Donald Trump told him that the allegations that Truth Social was in a precarious situation were “gossip” peddling, according to him, “willingly” “false” information.
DWAC is under investigation by US federal authorities, who have submitted their evidence to a grand jury for a possible criminal trial. The company is also targeted by an investigation by the American stock market policeman, the SEC.