Many Americans have been begging Donald Trump to delete his Twitter account for the sake of the country’s reputation, and Twitter might have actually found a way to make him quit the social media platform for good!
In an effort to combat “fake news”, Twitter is developing a feature that will allow its users to flag tweets that contain false or harmful information – which pretty much describes every tweet that Trump posts. Twitter’s Vice President of Policy, Colin Crowell, stated that Twitter is “working hard to detect spammy behaviors…We’ve been doubling down on our efforts.”
This feature is currently in the prototype phase, and is being noted as Twitter’s most aggressive attempt yet to maintain the integrity of the content that appears on its platform. According to the Washington Post, this feature would work as a small tab in a drop-down menu next to tweets. According to two anonymous sources, Twitter is still testing and researching this function carefully, as there are concerns that legitimate information could also be censored if this feature could be manipulated.
This might not only kill Trump’s tweets, but it will also have a major effect on his audience. Trump loves to brag about how big his following is on Twitter, yet third-party service Twitter Audit states that over half (59%) of Trump’s audience is comprised of fake accounts or bots.
While this feature is very much in the early phases and there is no guarantee that it will definitely be implemented, this is big news for Trump’s presidency. And while the company hasn’t said anything about targeting Trump with this initiative, one can only wonder as we recall the words of Twitter’s co-founder, Evan Williams:
“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
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