Trump saw a 550% INCREASE in downloads of his Truth Social app in the week after the raid – Daily Mail

By Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Donald Trump saw a massive 550 percent boost in downloads of his Truth Social app in the week following the raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month.
According to Data AI, the Trump Media & Technology Group social media platform has now been downloaded approximately 3 million times.
Trump used his profile to denounce the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) after the raid and reveal new information. He was also the first to reveal the FBI was searching his Florida home.
In April, Truth Social topped the Apple App Store charts, when much of the application’s technical difficulties had been resolved, leading to the first big spike in downloads after its initial launch.
Despite the huge spike the week of August 8, the number of total downloads of Truth Social is still dwarfed by mainstream platforms like Twitter, Facebook and even far-right site Gab, which sees tens of millions of monthly users.
The former president has 3.9 million followers on the platform – a far car from the nearly 80 million followers he had on Twitter.
Trump’s app launched in the Apple Store in February 2022 and was conceptualized after Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack.
Truth Social saw a massive increase in downloads in the week following the raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate
The download rate jumped by 550 percent, according to Data AI
While Trump has denounced the raid on his Florida estate on August 8, the fallout is paying off for him in terms of downloads of his alternative social media platform. The FBI search has also emboldened his supporters who feel the political attacks against Trump will never stop.
Former California Representative Devin Nunes retired from Congress to become CEO of TMTG. He was the highest ranking GOP member of the House Intelligence Committee.
After the official launch of Truth Social on February 21, 2022, there were about 2 million downloads on the Apple App Store in the U.S. in the first two weeks.
But long wait times to get onto the site led to a fall off in downloads, which recovered in late April when people waiting for months to get onto the app finally started receiving access. 
Authorities stand outside Mar-a-Lago the day after the FBI raid, which came in relation to a probe into whether Trump took from the White House when he left office
Truth Social is promoted as an alternative social media site from big tech platforms like Twitter, and Facebook.
It touts being a free speech platform that doesn’t censor or discriminate against different views.
The inception of the platform came from Trump after several of his Twitter posts started receiving flags from the platform for being misleading or containing false information. After the 2020 election and the Capitol attack, he was indefinitely banned from Twitter for repeated violations.
Many of the former president’s loyal supporters dropped Twitter and followed him over to Truth Social.
Trump continues to make the same sort of posts on his Truth page as he did on Twitter.
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