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Trump's Twitter Account Could Cause National Security Threat

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President-elect Donald Trump's Twitter account could cause a national security crisis, according to defense and intelligence specialists.

"We've never had a president that's shared so much of themselves, not just what they're saying, but their psychological ticks in such an overt manner, and you can be sure that foreign actors are studying that, too," P.W. Singer, defense expert, told Politico. "We're beginning to see what excites him, what angers him, what sets him off. We've never had this ability to read so much on what a president is thinking."

Trump said on "60 Minutes" that he'd be "very restrained" in his social media use while in the White House, but his tweets have continued since his election.

"If Trump's comments accurately reflect his intent, then we're giving the opponents a head start in dealing with the incoming presidential administration," a former intelligence officer told Politico. "If his comments are meant to conceal other intentions, then we're doing a pretty good job in misleading our adversaries."

The officer also voiced concern that foreign governments could use sophisticated data tools to find patterns in his tweets that could be used to discern serious tweets.

Data scientist David Robinson released an analysis of Trump's tweets in August. He found that Trump's Twitter is accessed by two smartphones: an Android and an iPhone. Based on textual analysis, he determined that the iPhone is used by Trump's staff, while the Android is used by Trump himself. He noted that the Android tweeted used more emotional, subjective language, while the iPhone tweets were more neutral.

"A lot of 'emotionally charged' words, like 'badly', 'crazy', 'weak', and 'dumb', were overwhelmingly more common on Android," Robinson wrote on his website.

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