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Donald Trump is the top search result for ‘loser’ on Twitter

This was first noticed by Twitter users, who later found out the words 'pathetic', 'racist', 'liar' also show up his account as the top result on the platform

Donald Trump has had his fair share of controversies surrounding his Twitter usage. Trump was confident about his win in the US Presidential elections 2020, however, Biden has defeated Trump by a large margin, securing 290 votes surpassing 270 majority votes needed to win the elections. Now if you search ‘loser’ on Twitter, Donald Trump’s account is the first result you see under the ‘people’ tab.

This was first noticed by Twitter users, who later found out the words ‘pathetic’, ‘racist’, ‘liar’ also show up his account as the top result on the platform. Trump was often seen calling his opponents ‘haters’ and ‘losers’ on many occasions, which makes it quite ironic that it is he himself who has been associated with the word ‘loser’ by Twitter’s algorithm.

The search results on Twitter are associated with the posts people are retweeting the words they are using along with them. Such search results are often temporary.

“If an account is mentioned often alongside certain terms, they can become algorithmically surfaced together as an association,” A Twitter representative told Business Insider. “These associations are temporary and ever-changing based on how people tweet.”

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Several of Trump’s tweet have been flagged previously for violating the platform’s policies, spreading hate and misinformation. As the votes were being counted, his tweets that claimed he was winning the election and voter fraud were also flagged by Twitter as ‘potentially misleading’. He was also described by a congressman as a “threat to democracy” for spreading unsubstantiated claims and misinformation about election results and validity of the votes.

Following the days to the election results. Twitter kept labelling Trump’s tweets as ‘disputed’ as he kept spreading false claims. As a response to this, Trump on Friday claimed that Twitter was ‘out of control’. Along with Twitter, Facebook has also put warning labels on Trump’s posts on elections. In one of his recent tweets, he falsely claimed “I WON THIS ELECTIONS, BY A LOT!!”.


Similarly, In May in one of Trump in one of his tweets said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. This statement was restricted by Twitter for violated its rules against violence. The full tweet read “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” President Trump’s tweet reads. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

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