(CNN) — The alternative social networking platform backed by former President Donald Trump launched Monday and is now available for download on Apple’s App Store. However, access to the service appears to be limited for now.
The social network, a Twitter-like app known as Truth Social, belongs to Trump Media & Technology Group, the media company Trump founded after leaving the White House.
Users who downloaded the application on Monday morning received a message inviting them to register for the service. But, the registration process to access the platform ended in a waiting list that already had over 150,000 registered.
The app’s launch on the App Store reflects Trump’s effort to return to social media a year after being suspended from several major platforms. These include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, following the January 6, 2021 riots at the Capitol.
Last week, the former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted what appears to be the former president’s first post on Truth Social.
The message from the oldest Trump said, “Get ready! Your favorite president will be seeing you soon.” Publications on the platform are called “satya” (“truth”), and when they are shared they are known as “repetition” (“repetition or truth”).
Devin Nunes, the former Republican congressman who resigned to become CEO of Trump’s media company, said last week that Truth Social hopes to be “fully operational” by the end of March, when “any platform within the United States Can come on.”Combined at any time.”
Trump’s app joins a growing ecosystem of digital products aimed at or popular with conservatives. Rumble, Parlour, Getr and other services emerged as alternatives to traditional social networks. But, some have faced development problems. Parler, for example, was removed from the Apple and Google app stores last year following allegations that rioters used the platform to incite violence on January 6.