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Trump’s Truth Social Climbs To Top Of Apple Charts Despite Glitches

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Shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp, the company behind Donald Trump’s new social media venture Truth Social, rose about 14 percent on Tuesday as the app topped downloads on Apple’s App Store.

Trump’s new  social platform launched late on Sunday with a host of technical glitches reported by users trying to sign up.

Since then it has been downloaded 170,000 times and has seen a bump in trading with shares hitting $96.36, the highest since October.

The social media venture marks the former president’s return to social media after he was banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube last year. His return comes as the U. S. marks Presidents Day.

It’s now the number one free app on iPhones and iPads, followed by HBO Max, an app called Talking Ben the Dog, TikTok and YouTube.

Users who download Truth Social are being put on a ‘waitlist’ hundreds of thousands of places long, despite signups being open for more than 24 hours.

An attempt to open an account on Tuesday morning by DailyMail.com showed at least 372,378 places in line.

It’s more then double the 150,000 waiting list spots reported by CNN the previous day.

But some users have had trouble even making it that far. Since its launch Truth Social has been plagued by sign-up errors and delays.

DailyMail.com’s own reporters received error messages on the page Monday when users are asked to enter their birthdates and on the email verification page.

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On Tuesday, another attempt to sign up was stalled by a delay in receiving the required account verification link by email.

Truth Social has not launched on Android phones yet, but a similarly-named app raked in more than 100,000 downloads — many by confused Trump supporters hoping to test his app on their smartphones, Business Insider reports.

‘MAGA Hub – Truth Social Trump,’ made by a Germany-based developer, has been available on the Google Play Store since late August. The bulk of its downloads reportedly happened after February 8.

Reviews left on the app show people believing the photo-aggregating social feed is indeed the former president’s Truth Social.

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‘Come on Trump I thought you were smarter than this. I will be deleting this app right away, it’s just plain dumb,’ a one-star review read.

A more positive review read: ‘Great platform and new as well. No matter your opinions you will be welcome here without being canceled by some new age barking children.’

Mike Rhodes, the CEO of mobile app marketing consultancy firm ConsultMyApp, told DailyMail.com he thinks that the surge of interest likely won’t last long.

‘This new platform is evidently geared up to promote content with a specific viewpoint, rather than harbor a wide range of views on multiple subjects. Echo chamber platforms like this already exist, however, they are by no-means adopted by the masses,’ Rhodes said.

‘My best guess is that the platform will simply end life as a forum for people to reaffirm existing views, with a small but dedicated user base. Eventually it is likely that Mr. Trump will find another media outlet to serve him better. He’ll pack up his bags, and so too will the remaining platform users.’

Trump brushed off his app’s bumpy launch on Monday while waving to adoring crowds outside his Palm Beach golf club.

Dan Scavino, Trump’s social media director who hasn’t been banished from Twitter, tweeted, ‘Happening now outside of Trump International Golf Club in the GREAT state of FLORIDA! AWESOME!! Happy President’s Day.’

The video shows Trump waving and giving a fist bump to his fans, who were lined up behind fencing across the street.

‘We can’t wait until you’re back in office,’ one man is heard saying.

In the hours after Truth Social was available to download, the company is already facing legal action.

The British solar technology firm TRAILAR is considering suing Truth Social over its nearly identical logo.

‘Based on recent news brought to our attention by various media outlets, showcasing the similarities between our own TRAILAR logo and the Truth Social logo, we are now seeking legal advice to understand next steps and options available to protect our brand,’ the company told DailyMail.com.

‘TRAILAR has no affiliation or connection with the Truth Social network site, with our business firmly focused on decarbonising global transport through the use of solar and data driven technologies,’ a statement from the company said.

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