Truth Social, the app that was released by former President of the United States Donald Trump, experienced technical difficulties and crashes in the context of a quickly shifting social media ecosystem. These issues coincided with a major exodus of users from Twitter over the course of the weekend.
This exodus was brought on by Elon Musk’s decision to establish daily post limitations on the site. These limits were designed to fight data scraping and system manipulation on the network.
After Trump was permanently banned from Twitter due to allegations that he incited the rioters who assaulted the United States Capitol building in January 2021, the founders of Truth Social decided to create their own social media platform.
Musk, a well-known entrepreneur and powerful player in the technology sector, stated not too long ago that temporary reading limits had been implemented on Twitter in response to mounting concerns around excessive data scraping and system manipulation.
Because of the installation of these limitations, there has been a significant migration of users to alternative social media platforms. One of these sites is Truth Social, which was established as a venue for conservative viewpoints when it first began operating.
Musk emphasized the gravity of the situation by adding that unverified users are presently restricted to viewing a maximum of 600 posts per day, and that newly formed unverified accounts are subject to an even more stringent reading limit of just 300 posts per day.
Verified accounts, which often belong to prominent leaders and influential people, have had their daily post-viewing capacity temporarily capped at 6,000 for the time being. The goal is to improve the experience of Twitter users while also preventing the abuse of the data that Twitter collects.
On the other hand, a significant number of Nigerians have been migrating to the microblogging app Truth Social in recent months. In spite of the fact that many people have expressed concerns about the app due to the involvement of Trump and his followers, many have characterized it as a new home where they can express themselves.
Despite Twitter’s decision to reverse the policy, the company has not been able to halt the migration. Musk later changed the daily limitations for verified accounts, unverified accounts, and new accounts to 10,000, 1,000, and 500, respectively.
In recent years, mobile messaging services have emerged as important players in the process of altering social movements, fostering conversation, and analyzing policy. In addition to this, they get beyond traditional communication networks, allowing people to generate personalized narratives, decentralize logistics, and acquire expanding influence.
In the year 2020, the government of Nigeria decided to prohibit the use of Twitter. In spite of this, determined young people persisted in using the platform even when it was banned by continuing to access it through alternative means, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPN), for the entire seven months that the ban was in effect. Young people in Nigeria use Twitter for a variety of purposes, including making employment connections, promoting items, locating missing persons, and directly criticizing governmental leaders. Twitter serves as a one-stop shop for these young people.