Trump Gripes About His Twitter Account: ‘A Few Weeks Ago It Was A Rocket Ship, Now It Is A Blimp! Total Bias?’

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Oct. 26 2018, Updated 7:39 a.m. ET

As the crisis over apparent assassination attempts against prominent Democrats by mailed bombs continued this week, as the Inquisitr reported, Donald Trump took to his Twitter account on Friday morning to complain about his decreasing number of followers on the popular social media platform. In his Twitter posting, Trump also appeared to accuse the Twitter platform of “bias” against him, and said that while his account was once a “rocket ship,” it is now a “blimp.”

But an examination of actual Twitter statistics shows that Trump’s claims are not supported by facts.

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Beginning in May of this year, as the tech site Gizmodo reported, Twitter began purging its site of millions of accounts which it identified as “bots” — that is, automated accounts that post without an actual person behind them — or trolls, as well as accounts that appeared to be covertly operated by foreign governments such as Russia, for purposes of influencing the United States political process. In May and June alone, Twitter deleted about 70 million such fake accounts.

In his Friday Twitter post, which appeared at about 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Trump did not indicate whether he was aware of the Twitter purge of fake accounts, as The Independent noted, but simply groused that Twitter had “stifled growth” by “making it harder to join.”


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