President Donald Trump today accused Twitter of reducing the number of users who follow him and suggested the social media giant is slowing down his account’s growth.
In his latest attack on internet companies over alleged bias, Trump wrote on Twitter: “Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join – they have stifled growth to a point where it is obvious to all.”
“A few weeks ago it was a Rocket Ship, now it is a Blimp! Total Bias?”
The president didn’t provide evidence to support his claim, and the White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter has been a critical communications channel for Trump. He not only taps the platform to speak directly to his conservative voter base, but also uses it to announce major policy initiatives and to try to shape the conversation in the media.
His fondness for the medium notwithstanding, Trump has accused Twitter and other social media of being biased against him.
“Our focus is on the health of the service, and that includes work to remove fake accounts to prevent malicious behavior,” Twitter said in a statement.
“Many prominent accounts have seen follower counts drop, but the result is higher confidence that the followers they have are real, engaged people.”
Twitter on Thursday reported that its number of monthly active users declined by 9 million from the previous quarter.
It remains unclear if this has anything to do with the president’s latest gripe.