A push notification sent to iPhone users of Truth Social on Tuesday morning reported a surprise 2-1 win by the 51st ranked Saudi Arabian national soccer team against 3rd ranked perennial powerhouse Argentina in both teams’ debut in the World Cup Group C first stage, raising questions of why the MAGA Twitter clone’s admins decided to blast that particular news out.
Sarcastic naivety about “raising questions” aside, it’s obvious why they notified users of this news given Trump’s affinity for the Bone Saw regime. It’s still kind of surprising how fucking blatant this is considering past push alerts all were something politics-related. For those unfamiliar, here’s a little bit of background: Like many other mobile apps, Truth Social sends out push notifications on certain items that don’t necessarily directly concern users. Meaning that on top of stuff like if another user replies to you, likes a post, etc, you also get general network-wide items to remind you they exist.
For example, that most recent one said “JUST IN: Donald Trump responds to Elon Musk’s poll asking if he should rejoin Twitter” on Saturday and the one before it on Friday said “LATEST: AG Merrick Garland appoints Special Counsel to oversee multiple DOJ probes involving Donald Trump,” and the one before that was about Nancy Pelosi’s retirement, so on and so forth, generic MAGA-focused news several times a week, irrespective of whether you follow those topics or not.
So this choice for an alert does stick out quite a bit and genuinely raises the question of what Trump and his buddies think they’re doing here. It’s hard to imagine your Average Cletus who signed up for Truth Social to get the latest news on JFK Jr sightings and fraudulent scientific studies about ivermectin’s effectiveness actually gives a fuck about soccer, much less Saudi Arabia winning against Argentina. Are they seriously trying to get people to root for Team Bone Saw?
We don’t follow this official “Truth Soccer” account and had no idea it existed until Tuesday morning. And we sure as hell wouldn’t have blinked at it if the app had alerted us to the result of the Americans’ Monday match. That’s the team Truth Social users should be rooting for, right?