Google told outlets Tuesday that it is withholding approval for President Trump’s Truth Social platform on its Google Play Store, claiming the popular social media application is in violation of “moderation” concerns — something usually used as an excuse by Big Tech to censor conservative thought.
The Hill reports:
Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes claimed last week that the Android version of the app was ready and waiting on Google’s approval.
However, a Google spokesperson said in a statement that the platform lacks the “effective” content moderation needed to meet the Google Play app store’s terms of service.
“On August 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 spokesperson said.
Axios first reported on Google’s hold up of the app.
The report claims that “In particular, Google is concerned about violations of its policies prohibiting content with physical threats and incitements to violence.”
“When are we going to be available on Android?” Nunes said. “Well, look, that’s up to the Google Play Store. I mean, we’re waiting on them to approve us, and I don’t know what’s taking so long.”