Twitter suspended an account yesterday evening which the United States President had retweeted a few hours prior – an act which will likely support Trump’s insistence that social media firms are biased against him as well as his supporters.
The initial post was from an account under the name Lynn Thomas, which claimed Democrats were the “true enemies of America.” The account that was established in September last year, expressly deemed itself as a ferocious supporter of Trump and declared that it is “not a bot”.
Shortly after the retweet, Twitter suspended the account on the grounds that the account had breached the platform’s policies, however, which of the rules that had supposedly been broken were not divulged.
Trump said that he has little regret in regards to the thousands of tweets he has posted, though he recognizes that it could be a problem when he retweets other accounts.
“The bigger problem are the retweets. You’ll retweet something that sounds good, but it turned out to be from a player that’s not the best player in the world, that sort of causes a problem,” said Trump.
The U.S President expressed that Twitter is an “incredible way of communicating” and good method of fighting negative coverage.
Social media purportedly suppressing Trump supporters
Near the beginning of the month, Trump called for a team of right wing internet personas to a “social media summit” at the White House where he complained about Silicon Valley’s alleged prejudice opposing him and his supporters.
Trump claimed that Twitter was making it painful for users to follow his account. “People come up to me: ‘Sir, we want to follow you; they don’t let us on.” said Trump. “I have millions of people, so many people I wouldn’t believe it, but I know that we’ve been blocked. People come up to me and they say, ‘Sir, I can’t get you. I can’t follow you.'”
Despite Trumps claims, there is no evidence that Twitter or other social media platforms have made it troublesome for users to follow the U.S President.