Former President Donald Trump's new social media platform has reportedly opened to hundreds of beta testers ahead of a possible launch this month or next. About 500 people have started using an early version of Truth Social, according to a report Thursday from Reuters.
The new social media platform is listed as expected to launch on Feb. 21 in Apple's app store, though Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, has said it will be live by the end of March, according to Reuters.
Social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube booted Trump from their platforms in 2021 because of concerns that his remarks would incite more violence following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. By launching his own social network, the former president is trying to reignite his online presence. Trump also launched a blog last year, called From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, but reportedly shut it down after it became the subject of mockery and attracted few readers.
Truth Social will let people choose who to follow, and there will be a feed that's a "mix of individual posts and an RSS-like news feed," according to Reuters. People will reportedly be able to post and share "truths," similar to posting a tweet on Twitter. There is also a direct-messaging feature in the works, according to Reuters.
In addition to Trump, several conservative media figures already have accounts, according to Reuters. As of Wednesday, Trump's account on Truth Social reportedly had 317 followers.
Trump Media & Technology Group didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.