President Donald Trump vowed that his administration would investigate Twitter after a host of prominent Republicans accused the social media giant of discriminating against them as it purges suspicious accounts from its platform.
“Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints,” Trump posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.
The president, who has 53.3 million followers on Twitter, was reacting to claims made by GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio that they have been “shadow banned” from the site, resulting in a loss of followers and lack of engagement with other users.
A spokesman for Gaetz told The Hill that the congressman’s office has detected a “significant decrease” in followers and retweets since around May 15, when Twitter began cracking down on “troll-like behaviors” on the platform.
Twitter warned earlier this month that some of its users, especially politicians and celebrities, could see a severe dropoff in users as it carries out the purge to put an end to “disruptive behavior.”
Former President Barack Obama lost more than 2 million, Trump said goodbye to around 400,000 and singer Katy Perry shed 3 million.
Vice News first reported on the Republicans’ claims concerning “shadow banning.”
It’s primarily used to block certain users who are posting material unsuitable to the site and entails blocking a user without their knowledge so they can post but nobody sees their content.
Published at Thu, 26 Jul 2018 14:02:51 +0000