Josh Adams and Billy Boozer – the company’s chiefs of technology and product development – joined the venture last year and quickly became central players in its bid to build a social-media empire, backed by Trump’s powerful brand, to counter what many conservatives deride as “cancel culture” censorship from the left.
Less than a year later, both have resigned their senior posts at a critical juncture for the company’s smartphone-app release plans, according to two sources familiar with the venture. The departures followed the troubled launch of the company’s iPhone app on Feb. 20.
The Daily Beast reports:
Download data shared by the analytics firm Apptopia shows that downloads of the app have plummeted from a peak of 170,000 downloads a day to just 8,000 now. The app is now just the 355th most popular app on Apple devices overall. And those who have downloaded it don’t seem to be using it that much.
Daily active users—a metric that social media and tech companies use to measure how many engaged users an app has—stood at just 513,000 as of last week. By contrast, daily active users at Twitter—Trump’s erstwhile and beloved social media home—were around 217 million.
Exclusive: Two key tech execs quit Trump’s Truth Social after troubled app launch, raising questions about the company’s progress as many users languish on a waiting list, unable to use the platform https://t.co/ZuuXAlIfbt
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 4, 2022
The truth is, things aren’t going too well for Trump’s social network https://t.co/Xo2ch46vpu
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 30, 2022