Android app resembling Trump’s Truth social platform sparks confusion
- An Android app called “MAGA Hub – Truth Social Trump” has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
- The app was launched on August 28 and its developer is based in Germany, according to the Google Play Store.
- It charges $28.99 for in-app purchases and all users are automatically subscribed to a global chat group.
An app on the Google Play Store that resembles former President Donald Trump’s new social media platform has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, confusing some supporters who were hoping to test the Android version of Trump’s app.
Listed as “MAGA Hub — Social Truth Trump“, the Android app was displayed as the top result for the search term “Truth Social” – the name of Trump’s app – on the Play Store as of Tuesday morning.
While “MAGA Hub” was released on August 28, 2021, the majority of app downloads occurred after February 8 closer to Trump’s app release date.
The Truth Social app was released for iOS on Sunday, and his official site indicates that a Play Store version is “coming soon”. However, not all users seemed aware that the Android version of the app was not yet available.
The “MAGA Hub” app has received more than 6,600 reviews, mostly posted in January and February, with some reviewers appearing to believe the Android version is the platform touted by Trump.
“Come on Trump, I thought you were smarter than that. I’m going to delete this app right now, it’s just stupid,” read a one-star review by the name of Alan Knight, who wrote. complained about app functionality.
“Excellent platform and new as well. Whatever your opinions, you’ll be welcome here without being canceled by barking new age kids,” wrote another reviewer by the name of Stephen Jones, who gave the review five stars. the app.
Others tried to warn other users that “MAGA Hub” is not the app Trump promised.
“Brings like ‘Trump Social Truth’ but make no mistake. This is false advertising. It’s not Trump Social Truth. Keep that in mind,” user Hexor Marhetbar wrote. , assigning a star to the application.
“MAGA Hub” also charges $28.99 for in-app purchases, though it’s unclear exactly what buyers are getting.
The app developer, listed by the Play Store as based in Berlin, Germany, is run under a profile named Lukas Niessen. Niessen and the profile’s affiliate brand, Odoma, did not immediately respond to Insider’s multiple requests for comment.
Niessen website displays other purported works, including an app called “LGBT Hub” and a game called “Grand Among Craft”, which is described as a mix of three popular video games – “Grand Theft Auto”, “Among Us” and ” Minecraft”.
The app itself, which uses a logo resembling a WhatsApp symbol with an American flag theme, features a photo-based feed that aggregates content from other users — the account Insider used didn’t follow any accounts.
Users of “MAGA Hub” are automatically subscribed to a global discussion group, through which they constantly receive memes and messages.
Trump Media & Technology Group, the developer of Truth Social, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.