Trump again accused Twitter of anti-Republican bias after #TrumpMeltdown appeared to be trending on the site: 'Only negative on Republican voices, especially mine!'
Donald Trumphas repeatedly accused social media companies — bias.
- In a tweet early on Thursday morning, Trump went after Twitter's
Trendingsection — a sidebar on the platform that shows a range of popular topics based on region.
- "It's never a real
Twitter Trending. It's Twitter Executive's Choice," Trump said on Thursday. "Only negative on Republican voices, especially mine!"
- Twitter declined to comment, but a representative pointed to the company's public FAQ on how the Trending section works.
"It's never a real Twitter Trending. It's Twitter Executive's Choice," he said on Twitter. "Only negative on Republican voices, especially mine!"
Twitter's "Trending" section is a rotating list of subjects being discussed on Twitter, by region. On Thursday in the United States, for instance, a variety of different subjects were trending by hashtag — including "#TrumpMeltdown."
In Trump's tweet, he accuses Twitter's Trending section of being tailored by Twitter's executives — instead of trends happening based on user behavior.
A Twitter representative declined to comment, but pointed to a publicly available FAQ on how Twitter's Trending section works.
"Trends are determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location," the page says. "This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter."
President Trump, a daily Twitter user, has repeatedly accused the company of anti-Republican — and anti-Trump — bias. Most recently, when the company flagged a tweet of his about mail-in voting as false, Trump attacked the company publicly and signed an executive order aimed directly at social media companies.
Through the order, Trump aims to regulate how social media companies like Twitter and Facebook moderate speech on their platforms. It also orders the Federal Trade Commission to log user complaints about political bias they experience on social media.
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