Yahoo Finance tech reporter Allie Garfinkle explains why Donald Trump’s “Truth Social” app is barred from Google’s app store.
SEANA SMITH: All right, well, Android users searching Google’s App Store have been unable to download former President Trump’s Truth Social, social network. Now, we know why. Yahoo Finance’s Allie Garfinkle is here to tell us. Allie.
ALLIE GARFINKLE: Great to see you, Seana. So it’s coming out this week that Google isn’t yet approving Truth Social to be added to its app store. Now, Google is citing content moderation concerns. And reportedly, what the company is most worried about is the platform allowing physical threats, incitements to violence.
And there are two things about the situation I would say, Seana, that are striking to me. The first is, number one, this cuts off Truth Social from Android users in a big way. And though Apple is the smartphone market leader in the US, Android is dominant globally. So that’s number one.
Number two, this is also happening is there’s a lot of legal action surrounding app stores. You have Match suing Google, accusing the tech giant of monopolistic practices. And you also have Apple, which has been sued over its app store fees in recent months and years. In all, I think we could be seeing dialogue about the power of app stores hitting a fever pitch. Back to you guys
SEANA SMITH: All right, Allie Garfinkle, thanks so much for that report.