Twitter users on Saturday, June 6, 2020, noticed that President Donald Trump’s account was recommended when they searched the term “racist” on the platform. A spokesperson for Twitter on Saturday said that the president is listed under these terms as a result of the company’s algorithm, which is triggered by user behavior.
“If an account is mentioned often alongside certain terms, it can become algorithmically surfaced together as a recommendation,” the spokesperson said.
It’s been a rocky few weeks between the president and Twitter. On May 28, President Trump issued an executive order in an attempt to regulate it and other companies like Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube. The order directly followed the company’s decision to fact-check his tweets and was issued the day before it flagged another one of his posts as violent.