While Elon Musk was making his bid for Twitter, another social media app has quietly moved to the top of the App Store rankings: Truth Social, the platform launched by former president Donald Trump after he received a permanent ban from Twitter for his role in inciting the January 6, 2021, insurrection.
Among the top free iPhone apps available on the App Store, Truth Social has been seeing the most installs overall on the U.S. App Store today. (Twitter is No. 2.) According to Mobile Insights Strategist Stephanie Chan of SensorTower, a mobile analytics firm, Truth was at No. 52 as of Sunday—and Twitter was ranked at No. 39.
The sudden increase of downloads for Truth Social likely has something to do with the resolution of the platform’s technical issues. Although Truth Social launched in February 2022, users had been reporting long waitlists until very recently. On Friday, the company’s CEO, former congressman Devin Nunes, announced that the waitlists had been cleared after the site moved to a new cloud provider, Rumble.