Several top executives of former President Donald Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, have left the company as the site continues to struggle to gain a foothold.
Josh Adams and Billy Boozer are tech entrepreneurs with industry expertise and politically conservative views — qualities Trump wanted for his Twitter-like venture intended to counter mainstream social media platforms. some of which removed him from service following the 2021 uprising at the United States Capitol.
Adams became Truth Social’s chief technology officer, while Boozer served as head of product development. The two joined the company last year and became central to Trump’s efforts to create his own social media domain that would allow him to communicate directly with the public.
But Adams and Boozer have apparently resigned from their management roles, two sources close to the company told Reuters on Monday. Politico later confirmed the executives’ departures, also citing two sources.
“If Josh is gone…all bets are off,” one of the sources told Reuters, calling Adams the “mastermind” behind the app’s technology.
After Reuters’ report, Politico released its own report stating that Truth Social’s chief legal officer, Lori Heyer-Bednar, had also left the company. Truth Social tapped Heyer-Bednar to be the company’s chief legal officer in October, Bloomberg Law reported.
The Trump Media and Technology Group did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment or provide confirmation of the releases. HuffPost could not confirm the reason for the executives’ resignations, or whether they still work for the company in any other capacity.
Truth Social’s iPhone app had a technologically disastrous launch on February 20, with low traffic, constant glitches and a 13-hour outage. After launch, Truth Social plummeted in terms of signups and traffic, falling to about 60,000 new users per week, according to mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower.
“This is down 93% from its launch week, when it saw 872,000 installs during the week of February 21,” Sensor Tower’s Stephanie Chan told The Wrap the week last. “We estimate that Truth Social has so far reached approximately 1.2 million installs since launch.”
Users have complained of a lack of engagement on the app and problems with signing up, with thousands still on the site’s waitlist. Trump himself has posted only once on the app. Former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who is now chief executive of Truth Social, told Fox News in February that the app aims to be fully operational in the United States by the end of March.
Truth Social still doesn’t have an app for Android users, who make up more than 40% of the US market, according to Reuters.
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