Trump hits Twitter: 'They don't treat me well as a Republican'

President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE on Tuesday took aim at Twitter, accusing the tech company of "discriminatory" treatment that he said affects his account's ability to reach followers.

In a pair of tweets, Trump accused the tech platform of playing "political games" with feeds belonging to conservatives while quoting a guest on the Fox Business Network, who called Trump's account the "best thing ever to happen to Twitter."

Trump also pressed Congress to "get involved" with the social media platform.

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“'The best thing ever to happen to Twitter is Donald Trump,'" Trump tweeted, quoting Bartiromo. "So true, but they don’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory, hard for people to sign on. Constantly taking people off list. Big complaints from many people. Different names—over 100 M. But should be much higher than that if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games."

"No wonder Congress wants to get involved — and they should. Must be more, and fairer, companies to get out the WORD!" he added, referring to congressional Republicans' claims that tech companies including Twitter artificially suppress traffic on accounts owned by conservatives.

 

Trump and other conservatives have frequently accused tech platforms of anti-conservative bias and censorship and have claimed that companies such as Twitter "shadow-ban" right-leaning users from their platforms.

Social media platforms have repeatedly denied that they are censoring conservatives, and there is little evidence to back up Republicans’ claims of being shadow banned, or having their posts hidden from other users. In March, a federal judge appointed by Trump threw out a lawsuit from right-wing activists alleging that social media companies were discriminating against conservative voices.

Former Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesVoters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (R-Calif.), the onetime chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, recently sued Twitter and several individual users, arguing that the company facilitated defamation against him as part of an attempt to influence his reelection campaign.

This article was updated at 11:25 a.m. to correctly identify the target of Trump's praise.