Donald Trump's Truth Social launches with major issues, errors and a long waitlist

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Issues haven't stopped the app from jumping to number one in the iOS App Store. Photo credit: Getty Images

Donald Trump's new social media platform has launched on iOS devices in the United States, but not without major teething problems.

As expected, the Presidents Day holiday in the United States saw Truth Social rolling out, and the app quickly jumped to number one in the App Store as users flocked to try it out.

However, the technology couldn't keep up with demand so many were left dealing with error messages.

Numerous reports on alternative social media platforms showed users trying many times to set up accounts, but being hit with multiple errors and unavailable pages.

Those that were able to sign up had to verify their emails, with many reporting issues receiving the email at all.

Even those who did manage to successfully create an account were met with notification they were on a waiting list and unable to see or do anything else on the app.

"Due to massive demand, we have placed you on our waitlist," the notification said.

"We love you, and you're not just another number to us. But your waitlist number is below."

However, even that wasn't without its problems. One user reported they started off at 14,651 on the waiting list but were then moved down to nearly 26,000 and then to 106,000.

Others who were successful were quick to point out just how much like Twitter it was, albeit with 'Truths' instead of 'Tweets'.

Trying to access the Truth Social website from New Zealand currently returns a brief message and then an error.

"At the moment, Truth Social is available for US users only, but rest assured, we are working hard to make it available in your country," it states.

"When Truth Social becomes available for you, we'll make an announcement. Stay tuned!"

A list, including the user's IP address, timestamp and error reference number is displayed alongside an "access denied" warning, stating "this website is using a security service to protect itself from online attacks".

Truth Social has had multiple problems since it was first announced late last year, including potential action for copyright infringement and early versions defaced with anti-Trump memes and users signing up for accounts in the names of famous people.

The former US President and reality television host was banned from Twitter and Facebook after the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol in Washington DC for inciting violence.

The CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group which runs the new platform, former Republican US US Representative Devin Nunes, said at the weekend the company's goal was to be "fully operational" by the end of March.