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This article was published on September 17, 2020

Trump accuses Twitter of promoting negative stories about him

He claims the platform manipulates the algorithms that determine its trending topics

Trump accuses Twitter of promoting negative stories about him Image by: Michael Vadon
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President Trump’s love-hate relationship with Twitter hit another rocky patch today, when Agent Orange accused the platform of manipulating its trending topics to achieve the otherwise impossible feat of making him look bad.

Trump made the allegation on, what else, but Twitter. But defenders of truth and justice can rest assured: the matter is under investigation.

The claim isn’t Trump’s first complaint about the platform’s trending topics. In July, he said the section’s negative coverage of him was “illegal,” and “unfair,” despite the content being guided by an algorithm, as Twitter’s FAQs explain:

Trends are determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.

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The renewed accusation caps a hectic spell for Trump on Twitter. In May, the stable genius signed an executive order attempting to narrow protections provided to social media platforms after Twitter added a series of warning labels to his tweets. The latest label was added just hours after Trump accused the platform of being biased against him:

Expect the baseless tirades to escalate as the November election approaches.

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