Google Bans Trump’s ‘Truth Social’ From App Store for Not Implementing Enough Censorship
In a move that should surprise nobody, Google has banned President Donald Trump’s Truth Social app from its Play Store for not implementing enough censorship of free speech.
Truth Social was founded in order to give a free speech alternative to restrictive social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, Google is making it clear that will not be allowed. All social media platforms must restrict free speech, or they will be crushed beneath the corporate boot.
“On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” the tech monolith said to CNBC in a statement released on Tuesday.
Trump Media and Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes said that the decision is up to Google’s discretion and has nothing to do with their content moderation policies.
“When are we going to be available on Android? Well, look, that’s up to the Google Play store. We’re waiting on them to approve us, I don’t know what’s taking so long,” Nunes said during an appearance on the “Just the News Not Noise” podcast. “It sure would be nice if they would approve us.”
“It is our belief that all Americans should have access to Truth Social no matter what devices they use. We look forward to Google approving Truth Social at their earliest convenience,” the Trump Media and Technology Group stated.
As of right now, Truth Social is frozen out of Android phones, which account for 44 percent of smart phones used across America.
Big League Politics has reported on how corporate tech giants have attacked free speech platforms before in an attempt to get them to fold:
“Apple has removed Parler from their App Store, claiming that the new social media platform does not adequately police “harmful content.”
Apple released two statements on their decision Saturday. They first said that “there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity” and added that they did not think Parler sufficiently addresses “the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”