President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to complain about the social media platform and suggest that the website’s trending topics section is ‘illegal’.
According to Trump, his main beef with the platform is that the topics and content that regularly appears in that particular section make him look bad.
‘So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called ‘Trending’, where sooo 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.
Trump did not mention a specific moment in time when he felt that Twitter was deliberately listing trends against him nor did he state which laws he believes the company has breached.
Twitter’s website clearly explains, ‘trends are determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.’
The president has frequently accused Twitter of being biased against his political stance but has failed to provide any evidence.
With more than 84 million followers, Trump has the seventh-largest audience of any user on Twitter.
He is is the second most followed politician with former President Barack Obama having considerably more at almost 121 million followers.
Trump’s criticism of Twitter has grown recently as the site attempts to take action against those spewing hate speech, misinformation or violence-inducing rhetoric.
In May, Twitter added fact-checking links to his false tweets about voting by mail after he falsely claimed mail-in voting increases voter fraud and that California was sending mail-in ballots to ‘anyone’ regardless of residency,
Twitter tagged Trump’s tweets with the message: ‘Get the facts about mail-in ballots.’ The message linked to pages debunking his false claims.
It was first time Twitter had ever marked any of Trump’s tweets as misleading.
The action drew Trump’s ire who tweeted in response: ‘Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!’
He then threatened to ‘strongly regulate’ or shut down social media platforms who tried to silence the speech of conservative users.
In another instance, it stuck a ‘glorifying violence’ label to his tweet that threatened protesters with being shot following George Floyd’s death with being shot.
Shortly after, Trump issued an executive order targeting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects social media companies from being sued for content posted by users on their platforms, specifically calling out Twitter. Legal and tech policy experts have expressed skepticism that the order would hold up in court.