President Trump joined Twitter on Thursday morning to break the social media platform about the reported practice of "shadowing" certain celebrity Republicans and limiting their visibility in search results.
In a direct blow to the platform he's been using since his 2016 campaign to activate and connect his base, the president vowed to go into so-called "illegal" practice – even though Twitter officials call it one Errors described have work to fix.
"Twitter & # 39; SHADOW BANNING & # 39; prominent republicans.Not good, we will investigate this discriminatory and illegal practice immediately! Many complaints," tweeted Trump.
The social media giant has been targeted by Republicans after the issue was first reported by Vice News.
Republican Party leader Ronna McDaniel; several conservative Republican congressmen, including rep. Devin Nunes; and Andrew Surabian, spokesman for Donald Trump Jr., did not appear in Twitter's automatically populated drop-down search results.
TWITTER FOR & # 39; SHADOW-BANNING & # 39; -REPUBLICAN CRAZY
Vice reported that limiting the visibility of results involves the same technique used to reduce the reach of prominent racists on Twitter.
Research into Republican repression: Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz were hit by the same problem. Vice noted that top Democrats are not similar to "shadow prohibition".
Gaetz told the Daily Caller News Foundation that he was considering filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
"The idea that social media companies suppress certain political views should affect every American, and Twitter owes its public response to what's really going on," tweeted McDaniel.
McDaniel's account later reappeared in the search results.
Twitter told Fox News that the problem is the result of an algorithmic bug in the search engine
"To put it bluntly, our behavioral ranking is not based on political views or the content of tweets" Tweet Twitter Product Manager Kayvon Beykpour. "Some accounts were not automatically suggested, even if users searched for their specific name, but our use of the behavioral signals in the search has made this happen and the search results look inaccurate." We make a change today that will improve that. " Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also responded to the furore over the search results. "Suffice to say that we have much more to do to gain people's trust in our work," he tweeted.