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Truth Social’s inadequate moderation is keeping it off the Google Play Store

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, the social media platform backed by Donald Trump, is still not available on the . That’s because Google has yet to approve the app due to violations of standards and inadequate content moderation.

The company informed Truth Social earlier this month about “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,” a Google spokesperson told . “Last week, Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues.”

, Truth Social’s CEO, said last week that it was up to Google to determine when the Android version of the app would be available on the store. However, Google asserts that Truth Social will need to resolve the moderation issues first. Google reportedly has concerns over certain content on the platform, including incitements of violence and physical threats.

The platform does apply a label to some posts indicating that the content “may not be suitable for all audiences.” However, at least some content alluding to violence does not feature the banner. 

Truth Social’s iOS app . Two days later, it emerged that Truth Social was and kicking out certain users, so moderation is not a foreign concept to the company.

Truth Social hasn’t offered a web-based version of the service that Android users can try. Nor has it provided a way to sideload the app, even though there’s nothing to inherently stop it from doing so. 

There are broader issues at the company, such as an investigation into how it became publicly traded. It’s said to owe a vendor $1.6 million too. On top of that, two key executives soon after the iOS app went live.

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, the social media platform backed by Donald Trump, is still not available on the . That’s because Google has yet to approve the app due to violations of standards and inadequate content moderation.

The company informed Truth Social earlier this month about “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,” a Google spokesperson told . “Last week, Truth Social wrote back acknowledging our feedback and saying that they are working on addressing these issues.”

, Truth Social’s CEO, said last week that it was up to Google to determine when the Android version of the app would be available on the store. However, Google asserts that Truth Social will need to resolve the moderation issues first. Google reportedly has concerns over certain content on the platform, including incitements of violence and physical threats.

The platform does apply a label to some posts indicating that the content “may not be suitable for all audiences.” However, at least some content alluding to violence does not feature the banner. 

Truth Social’s iOS app . Two days later, it emerged that Truth Social was and kicking out certain users, so moderation is not a foreign concept to the company.

Truth Social hasn’t offered a web-based version of the service that Android users can try. Nor has it provided a way to sideload the app, even though there’s nothing to inherently stop it from doing so. 

There are broader issues at the company, such as an investigation into how it became publicly traded. It’s said to owe a vendor $1.6 million too. On top of that, two key executives soon after the iOS app went live.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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