Searches on Twitter for the term ‘racist’ reveal the name of President Donald Trump as the best result among ‘accounts’
- Searches for ‘racist’ on Twitter are popping up in President Donald Trump’s account
- Twitter’s algorithm links terms often associated with accounts
- The phenomenon comes when Trump and Twitter battle over how to treat the president’s tweets
Questions on Twitter about the term racist now direct users directly to the account of US President Donald Trump.
On Friday, users on Twitter documented the phenomenon that President Trump’s page is emerging as the number one option under “ accounts. ”
As of Friday night, MailOnline was still able to replicate the results by typing ‘racist’ into the platform’s search bar.
According to a report by CNET, Twitter says the link between “racist” and President Trump’s account was likely a product of his algorithm linking accounts to general terms related to them.
In this case, President Trump’s name is often seen alongside tweets about anti-racism by people who support Black Lives Matter and draw attention to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
The link between Trump’s Twitter account and the term racist also comes on the heels of controversy between the president and the platform.
Twitter recently made the decision to hide one of President Trump’s tweets about protesters in Minnesota behind a message claiming that the message “glorifies violence.”
The platform also took the unprecedented step of checking one of President Trump’s tweets claiming that the voting results by post would be “ fraudulent. ”
His decision to monitor the President on Twitter was followed by an execution order, which aimed to remove the protection that prevents social media companies from being held liable for content posted on their platforms.
Twitter followed in the footsteps of President Donald Trump after the platform checked a tweet claiming that the voting results by email would be fraudulent. Image: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
The Center for Democracy and Technology has since sued the Trump administration by saying:
“CDT has filed a lawsuit today because the President’s actions are a direct attack on freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment,” said CEO Alexandra Givens.
“The government cannot and should not compel online intermediaries to moderate speech according to the President’s whim. Blocking this order is critical to protecting freedom of expression and continuing important work to ensure the integrity of the 2020 elections. ‘