Searching the word ‘racist’ and ‘racism’ on Twitter’s People search is showing US President Donald Trump’s account on the top of the results. The President once famously told that he loves Twitter.
The result that emerged on Wednesday was first reported by British media The Independent and is also cross-checked by WeTheWorld Magazine. According to Agence France-Presse, this result highlights the heights of discord with the President’s antics.
Image is a screenshot by WeTheWorld Magazine showing Top 4 search results on People category
Twitter revealed that search algorithms may reflect the activity on the platform. On the other hand, analysts say this is a result of Trump’s opponents increasingly labeling him as a racist. Twitter however did not join the same note.
One search engine expert noted that the result is indicating how many times the words ‘racist’ and ‘racism’ are being used by individuals to describe or respond to Trump or “there’s a concerted effort to associate Trump’s account with those terms,” Greg Sterling noted.
Sterling also pointed out how a combined effort by the public called “Google bombing” manipulated Google search results in 2007 to associate the then-president George W. Bush as a “miserable failure.” The flaw was later corrected.
Image is a screenshot by WeTheWorld Magazine showing Top 3 search results on People category
Trump’s Twitter has 81.7 million followers, which AFP notes that there are disputes regarding the authenticity of the numbers, that is how many of the followers are human twitters.
President majorly uses the micro-blogging platform to channel his views and decisions to the world. The US president in 2012 famously tweeted that the platform is like owning his own newspaper without the losses.
A Michigan State University professor of social media and politics said “The platforms have gone out of their way to avoid any appearance of bias,” and that it is not unlikely that “this could be an accurate representation of what people are saying,” AFP reports.
The President has been repeatedly criticized for his comments on the ongoing Geroge Floyd protests. Mr. Trump recently got in a miff with social media platforms over Twitter slamming a fact-checking tag on his potentially misleading tweets. Donald Trump went forward to sign an executive order to mobilize social media, which is under process.
(Cover image is a screenshot by WeTheWorld Magazine showing Top 4 results with the term ‘Racist’ on People bar)