Google Rejects Donald Trump: Why Truth Social Is Not Approved For Google Play Store

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  • Truth Social has not been approved to be added to the Google Play Store.
  • The social media platform that features Donald Trump is currently available to iOS users.
Google Rejects Donald Trump: Why Truth Social Is Not Approved For Google Play Store

Donald Trump’s voice won't be reaching many Americans, with his new social media platform facing a roadblock from Android.

What Happened: The Google Play Store, which is owned by Alphabet Inc GOOGGOOGL, has not approved the Truth Social app for distribution, according to a report from Axios.

The report cites insufficient content moderation as the reason for holding up distribution in the Google Play Store.

Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes has placed the blame for the delay on Google, recently stating, “I don’t know what’s taking them so long.”

Google told Axios the placement of the app now lies in the hands of Truth Social if it wants to be included.

“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 company said.

Google states that Truth Social is aware of the feedback and “working on addressing the issues.”

Sources point to Google having concerns over content on the social media platform that incites violence and includes physical threats. Many posts that contain threats are not labeled as sensitive content, which could prevent the app from getting approval.

It was announced at the start of August that users could sign up for pre-order of Truth Social on Android.

Related Link: Donald Trump Added The Patent Office To List Of Government Agencies He's Fighting, Not Just The FBI and White House 

Why It’s Important: Truth Social, which is owned by Trump Media & Technology Group, is available to Apple Inc AAPL users via the iOS store, but has not made its way to a website version or Android app yet, which has limited the company’s growth.

Trump Media & Technology Group is in the process of merging with Digital World Acquisition Corp DWAC, a SPAC that faces an important vote soon. The SPAC is asking shareholders to extend the merger deadline. Without the vote passing, the SPAC will have until March to get the merger approved or risk the deal falling apart.

It was recently reported that Truth Social stopped making payments to its web-hosting services provider RightForge. The issue adds to investigations into the SPAC merger process by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and by a federal grand jury.

Truth Social downloads recently spiked after the raid by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump is able to post on Truth Social, one of the few social media platforms he is currently welcomed on. The former president was banned from Twitter Inc TWTR and Meta Platforms META owned Facebook after the Jan. 6 attack on the capitol. Fears of inciting violence is one of the reasons for his ban on several platforms.

The Google Play Store has banned other social media apps like Parler previously over moderation issues, which could mean Truth Social has major changes to make if it wants to be available to Android users.

DWAC Price Action: Digital World shares are down 2% to $24.80 on Tuesday.

Photo: Courtesy of Gage Skidmore on flickr

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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