Trump defends Truth Social over ‘fake news’ he owes $1.6M and urges FBI agents to come forward

Donald Trump was campaigning for his alternative social media site Monday morning, claiming in a Truth Social post that the platform is “our voice” and urging his supporters to sign up.

Reports show a series of difficulties since the site’s launch, including racking up $1.6 million in debt and an upcoming lawsuit, as well as being denied a trademark application.

But the former president claims these reports are just ways for the media to take down Truth Social, which he says is “pretty much on cue.”

Instead, he pointed to the 550 percent surge in downloads in the week following the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago in early August. The search led to a surge in the site’s popularity and heartened Trump supporters just three months before Midterms 2022.

The former president also reiterated his urge for FBI agents to come forward regarding the raid.

“TRUTH IS OUR VOICE!!! Sign up today,” Trump posted on Truth Social at 2:08 a.m. Monday.

Donald Trump tumbled into

Donald Trump tumbled into “fake news” over a series of hardships his Truth Social platform was facing after reports surfaced that he owed the hosting service $1.6 million and his trademark application was denied

As Truth Social has faced a number of issues since its inception

Trump’s app was launched and conceived at the Apple Store in February 2022 after being permanently banned from Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

It is promoted as an alternative social media site by major technology platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, providing a platform for free speech that does not censor or discriminate against different views.

After the official launch on February 21, there were around 2 million downloads in the first two weeks in the Apple App Store in the US.

But long waits to get to the site and frequent outages led to a drop in downloads, which critics dubbed a “disaster.”

Downloads rebounded in late April, when people who had been waiting months to get access to the app finally got access.

The site has also suffered from lawsuits with federal regulators investigating whether the holding company illegally coordinated with Trump Media & Technology Group.

Others accuse the site of being a platform for right-wing extremists.

Truth Social has reportedly failed to pay web hosting service RightForce since March and racked up $1.6 million in debt.

Digital World Acquisition Corp., a SPAC that truth is social planned to merge with to go public are facing serious legal issues and regulatory investigations. It is under investigation by the SEC for possible pre-IPO negotiations over the deal.

Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), led by former California representative Devin Nunes, signed a deal with RightForge, which focuses on conservative causes, to host Truth Social.

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied Trump’s application for Truth Social, noting that two other companies have similar names and granting the trademark would create a “likelihood of confusion.”

The patent office said the company’s name is too similar to Vero — True Social, an app-based social media platform, and the Truth Network, a Christian radio station network.

They wrote in their filing that “the predominant words TRUTH and TRUE convey the same idea of ​​being honest or emphasizing facts while socializing.”

“Additionally, both brands also include the wording SOCIAL, meaning they generally look and sound similar aside from a small variation of TRUTH,” the office continued. “Because the marks are similar and the goods and services are related, there is a likelihood of confusion as to the origin of the applicant’s goods and services and registration is refused under Section 2(d) of the Trademark Act.”

Trump has until February 2023 to respond to the filing.

Three people familiar with the dispute also allege that Trump’s tech company hasn’t made any of its monthly payments to web-hosting service RightForce since March and racked up a long list of debts.

According to Fox Business, RightForge is now preparing legal action.

“Our founding vision is to create a second Internet to support American ideas online,” RightForge CEO Martin Avila said in a statement, but declined to comment on the claims himself.

“RightForge believes in the mission of President Trump’s Free Speech Platform and wishes to continue to support the President in his media efforts.”

Truth Social did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump claimed Saturday afternoon, “The fake news media is devastated by how well the truth does this, as if on cue, they’re working overtime to criticize and humiliate her.”

Trump's Truth Social launched in February but now owes $1.6 million to a web hosting company

Trump’s Truth Social launched in February but now owes $1.6 million to a web hosting company

Around three million people have now downloaded Truth Social, but the company behind it is under investigation by financial regulators

Around three million people have now downloaded Truth Social, but the company behind it is under investigation by financial regulators

“In fact, many of the big guns in Washington, DC are fighting to stop the TRUTH, but they will not succeed,” he pointed out. “They go behind the external finance company and practically everyone who walks and breathes, but it won’t.”

“They said it’s gotten worse since the robbery, but it’s actually MUCH better, by over 550%. We all love the TRUTH!!!’

The platform was launched in February to provide a voice for the former president, who was banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube after the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

He’s since used it to keep up a steady stream of commentary on midterm races, Joe Biden’s performance, and the raid on his Florida home.

However, it has failed to attract large audiences – and its numbers are far behind mainstream platforms like Twitter, Facebook and even the far-right website Gab zurück, which boasts tens of millions of users a month.

It also faced a number of early technical issues, such as: B. Long wait times to gain access to the website, which slowed download and user rates significantly.

Some industry experts point out that it’s still not available for Android phone users — a system more popular than iPhones among Trump fans.

The structuring of the company could prove to be even more problematic.

Truth Social is partially owned by TMTG, a holding company that ultimately aims to break into streaming and other online services.

According to Data AI, the download rate increased by 550 percent

According to Data AI, the download rate increased by 550 percent

Authorities are outside Mar-a-Lago the day after the FBI raid linked to an investigation into whether Trump was removed from the White House after he left the White House

Authorities are outside Mar-a-Lago the day after the FBI raid linked to an investigation into whether Trump was removed from the White House after he left the White House

However, plans to go public by merging with Digital World Acquisition Corp., an acquisition special purpose entity (SPAC), have been postponed indefinitely.

The Securities and Exchange Commission and a Justice Department grand jury have opened investigations into allegations that the two companies may have violated merger rules.

Both companies say they are cooperating on the probes.

Trump himself faces a number of legal difficulties.

Most recently, FBI agents have recovered boxes of classified documents from his Florida home, while the Justice Department investigates the removal of hundreds of files from the White House as Trump left office.

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Bradford Betz

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