President Donald Trump on Monday, July 28, accused Twitter of promoting bad topics about him and trying to make them “ridiculous” trends.
“So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called ‘Trending,’ where sooo many trends are about me, and never a good one,” the president wrote in a tweet.
“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!” he added.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2020
President Trump highlighted his feud with Twitter as he is apparently trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in national polls and his campaign is seeking to shift strategy with less than 100 days until the November election.
The president and his Republican allies have recently stepped up criticism against social media companies for their biased political viewpoints, accusing them of censorship and of silencing conservative voices.
In May, Twitter, in an unprecedented move, put warnings and fact checks on two of President Trump’s posts about mail-in voting, saying the tweets contained “potentially misleading information,” The Hill reported.
In response, President Trump accused the platform of “completely stifling free speech” and “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election … based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post.”
The president also signed a new regulation to remove statutory liability protections and slash federal funding for social media tech companies engaging in political conduct.
In June, the social media platform added an advisory to another of the president’s tweets, which allegedly threatened demonstrators who want to create an “autonomous zone” in Washington, D.C. Twitter said his tweet broke its rules about abusive behavior and threatening violence.
The White House criticized the move, with the press secretary Kayleigh McEnany arguing that the June advisory showed Twitter was silencing the president’s call for “law and order” in the United States amid the violent protests.
President Trump often uses Twitter to speak directly to his supporters. He has more than 84 million followers on the platform, the seventh-largest audience of any user, and second only to former President Barack Obama among politicians, according to Brandwatch.