Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) may have removed President Donald Trump’s account from search results for offensive terms, according to a report from The Telegraph. This after President Trump made it nearly impossible for Syrian refugees to enter the US. Many tech giants have responded negatively to the order including Twitter and Google.
Previously, the U.S. president was showing up as the top result for offensive terms such as “racist” and “bigot”, “a**hole”, “tiny hands” and “#snowflakeinchief”.
Trump Twitter Account
The report suggests that Twitter apparently removed Trump’s account from searches using a search algorithm.
The newspaper said that the microblogging service may have linked Trump’s account with the phrases due to the significant anti-Trump sentiment among many Twitter users. Now we are not seeing Trump’s account in search results for many offensive terms.
According to the report, there is a possibility that pranksters manipulated the search algorithm using a technique similar to Google bombing, in which websites link a particular term to a certain page.
On Friday morning, searching “a**hole” did not return Trump’s account, with other searches such as “Tiny Hands” still returning Trump’s account.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was showing up as a search result for “corrupt”.
Most Americans Think Trump Should Delete Twitter Account
A recent survey by Quinnipiac University showed that 64 percent of American voters think Trump should delete his personal Twitter account. Only 32 percent of those surveyed think that the president should keep using his personal account, CNBC reported.
Trump has been a regular user of the social media platform. He used it frequently during his campaign and continues to do tweeting after his presidential election victory to attack rivals, media and weigh in on foreign and economic policy.
Voters, who are 18 to 34-years-old, most strongly said the president should stop using his account, with 71 percent supporting the move.
Twitter CEO Blasts Trump’s Immigration Ban
The CEO on Saturday condemned the executive order. “The Executive Order’s humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting. We benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the U.S.” he tweeted.
In another post, Dorsey wrote that his social media company is “built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always.”
Trump’s order bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the resettlement of all refugees for four months as the new administration reviews the vetting process. Admission will resume only after vetting has been deemed “adequate” by the secretary of State, the secretary of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence, the newspaper reported.
Moreover, the new executive order denies entry for 90 days for individuals from seven predominantly Muslims countries: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
However, on Saturday night, a federal judge in New York issued an emergency stay to temporarily halt the removal of individuals detained after Trump issued his order.
In addition to Twitter, other tech giant – including Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft – opposed the Trump’s order against immigrants.
2016 wasn’t a good year for Twitter. The company’s stock dropped by around 30% during the last 12 months. A report from CNBC suggested that the social media company should consider launching an ad-free paid subscription service.