President Donald Trump, the 12th most-followed person on Twitter, is claiming the social media platform is biased against him and making it “very hard” for him to express his ideas.
“What they did to me on Twitter is incredible,” Trump said Wednesday morning on Fox Business. “I have millions and millions of followers but I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message. It’s incredible.”
The president claimed that he’s having a tough time on Twitter because the social media platform’s creators are “all Democrats.”
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Trump claims "I've had so many people come to me" and say "sir, I can't join you on Twitter." If you're having trouble following Trump's account, lemme know. pic.twitter.com/LL1kcAyAX7
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 26, 2019
According to data gathered by Brandwatch, only three politicians make Twitter’s top-20 most followed list: India’s Prime Minister Chowkidar Narendra Modi is 20th, Trump is 12th, and former President Barack Obama is second. The most followed person on Twitter is pop star Katy Perry.
Perry, a liberal who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has nearly 50 million more followers than the president, but her tweets get far less traction. Not only do Trump’s tweets make headlines in mainstream media almost daily, but he, on average, also gets more retweets, likes, and replies than the most followed person on Twitter.
So where is Trump’s complaint coming from? The president claimed on Fox Business that his follower rate has dropped and he no longer receives “100,000 followers every few days.”
Trump took this complaint to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in April of this year. According to The Washinton Post, Dorsey explained to the president that the social media platform cracked down on bots and major Twitter accounts — conservative, liberal, and everything in between — took a hit to their follower counts as a result.
Despite this explanation, Trump continues to push that he’s being targeted by the company and claimed the site wasn’t letting people follow him.
“Twitter is just terrible at what they do, they don’t let you get the word out,” the president said, “I’ve has so many people come to me, ‘Sir, I can’t join you on Twitter,’ I see what’s happening! One hundred percent.”