POLITICS
28/07/2020 10:40 AM AEST

Trump Claims Twitter's Trending Topics Are Illegal, And 'Very Unfair'

"They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and blow it up, trying to make it trend," the US president laments.

Donald Trump may have sent out his most birdbrained tweet yet.

On Monday, the US president decided ― in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and an ensuing economic crisis, no less! ―  that his priorities should be focused on how badly he’s treated by Twitter’s trending topics: 

HuffPost reached out to Twitter, which declined to comment. However, a page on its platform explains how trending topics are chosen. Apparently, it’s not done by a bunch of people looking for ways to be mean to the 74-year-old leader of the free world.

“Trends are determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.

“This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter.”

But while Twitter declined to comment on the president’s suggestion that trending topics are “ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair,” many Twitter users felt free to speak their minds.