US President Donald Trump took a swipe on Tuesday at America’s tech giants, accusing them of having a liberal bias, and claiming Twitter was making it more difficult to follow his account.
“Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!” Trump tweeted.
“Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!”
Twitter said in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user’s true identity or seek to manipulate the platform.
“Our focus is on the health of the service, and that includes work to remove fake accounts to prevent malicious behavior,” Twitter said in an emailed statement.
#UPDATE US President Trump accuses tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google of being biased in favor of the Democrats, a day after a Senate report revealed Russian agents had used social media in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor https://t.co/Q45bhcRArO
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 18, 2018
“Many prominent accounts have seen follower counts drop, but the result is higher confidence that the followers they have are real, engaged people.”
The criticism came a day after a report for the Senate revealed Russian agents had used social media in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
The IRA-created “Blacktivist” account sent out messages such as: “No lives matter to Hillary Clinton. Only votes matter to Hillary Clinton.”
Trump warned the firms that they were “treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.” He threatened them that they would face charges for setting their platforms search priority in favor of the left.
“Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”
“….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!” tweeted Trump.