Eric Trump accuses Twitter of censorship
President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, on Friday accused Twitter of censoring one of his tweets.
In a tweet on Friday, the president’s son tweeted out a screenshot of a tweet posted earlier on Friday that read “Jobs Jobs Jobs!!!” followed by several American flag emojis. The tweet also retweeted another user’s tweet that included a Drudge Report link about Friday’s jobs report.
Eric Trump’s tweet was hidden for some viewers behind a standard Twitter warning, which was depicted in the screenshot. The grey warning box reads: “This tweet is not available because it includes potentially sensitive content.”
“Why are my tweets about jobs and the economy being censored? #Interesting” Trump tweeted in response.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 4, 2017
Twitter declined to comment on the record about the matter.
However, the company has recently introduced features intended to reduce abuse on the site, which include labeling certain accounts as “sensitive” that may include content some users could find offensive.
Those “sensitive” accounts include content sympathetic to both right- and left-wing ideologies. Some users labeled “sensitive” have already complained about their designation.
@DRUDGE_REPORT, the Twitter account that Trump retweeted, is not verified. It tweets out the majority of aggregated content added to the site Drudge Report and is marked as a sensitive account.
In contrast, Eric Trump’s Twitter account and the Twitter account used by Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge, @Drudge, are verified accounts.
Julia Manchester contributed to this report.
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