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Axios: Trump Turning on Twitter

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By    |   Monday, 08 July 2019 10:36 AM

President Donald Trump has stepped up criticism of Twitter, his preferred platform for communicating with his supporters, accusing the company of being biased against conservatives, according to Axios.

Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in June that Twitter's heads "make it much harder for me to get out the message. These people are all Democrats. It's totally biased toward Democrats. If I announced tomorrow that I'm going to become a nice liberal Democrat, I would pick up five times more followers."

Although Trump's Twitter followers have significantly increased since his election, from 12.9 million in November of 2016 to over 60 million today, he still lags behind former President Barack Obama and other celebrity users.

"You know, I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you, they make it very hard for people to join me in Twitter, and they make it very much harder for me to get out the message," Trump told Bartiromo.

He added later "legislation may be needed to create competition," and "we should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will, OK?"

Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson in early July that Twitter is involved in "possible illegal" activity.

"And I know for a fact, I mean, a lot of people try and follow me and it's very hard. I have so many people coming up that they say, 'Sir, it's so hard. They make it hard to follow.' What they're doing is wrong and possibly illegal. And a lot of things are being looked at right now."

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Accusing the company of being biased against conservatives, President Donald Trump has stepped up criticism of Twitter, his preferred platform for communicating with his supporters, Axios reported.
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