Trump goes after Twitter. ‘Very unfair’
President Donald Trump called Twitter’s trending section disgusting on Monday and accused the social media giant of making anything he does look as bad as possible.
“So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called ‘Trending’, where sooo [sic] many trends are about me, and never a good one. They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and blow it up, trying to make it trend. Really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair,” Trump tweeted.
According to Twitter’s website, trends are “determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.” The number of Tweets that are related to the trends is just one of the factors the algorithm looks at when ranking and determining trends according to the company.
The president has been fighting with Twitter a lot lately, especially after the company fact-checked some of his tweets and censored others from the president for “glorifying violence” during the outbreak of the George Floyd protests.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let this happen. Just spoke to Gov. Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you,” read Trump’s tweet which was flagged and required users to click in order to view.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the disclaimer read.
Trump has pointed out that Twitter quickly censors his content but does nothing to call out Democrats.
In May, Trump signed an executive order to crack down on censorship of political content by social media companies. The order also cuts federal funding for social media platforms that censor users’ political views.
Politico reported that the Commerce Department on Monday has now petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to begin enforcing the executive order. The Department of Commerce acknowledged that the FCC can’t regulate social media companies but tasked them with coming up with ways to force them to follow certain transparency mandates.
“President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.
Twitter has not yet responded to the president’s recent tweet but they have temporarily suspended the president eldest son’s Twitter account after claiming that it violated their guidelines.
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