Written by Nick Heer.

‘Truth Social’, the Trump Twitter Clone, Prohibits Disparagement of Its Platform on Its Platform

Patrick Hedger, linking to Truth Social’s terms of service:

This is from the terms of service of Trump’s “censorship free” social media platform under “prohibited activities”.

From the terms:

As a user of the Site, you agree not to:

[…]

23. disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.

This is yet another Twitter clone that promises an “open, free, and honest” platform — much like Parler and Gab and Gettr — but it is different because it is run by Donald Trump. I am not sure what, in his opinion, constitutes harmful speech about Truth Social on its own platform. His reputation suggests anything less than unmitigated adoration is grounds for dismissal.

Users are also prohibited from offering goods or services, annoying any staff members, or misleading any other users. Truth Social reserves the right to terminate access to the site to any user for any reason in their “sole discretion and without limitation”.

There is nothing wrong with any of this; it is all the kind of standard legal stuff that makes one think someone may have used a template. But it shows that a level of moderator involvement is a desirable characteristic of any social network. Pretending otherwise is embarrassing.