On Thursday, Donald Trump hosted a 'Social Media Summit' at the White House, where some of the most notorious right-wing trolls descended upon the most heralded building in the world.
During the event, Trump unleashed a rhetoric rallying against platforms like Twitter and Facebook, who he believes are attempting to suppress his voice and other conservatives online.
In a rambling speech, Trump attacked the organisations for allegedly 'shadow-banning' conservatives and preventing people from following him online.
But we run out of here… Shadow-banned, a hundred percent. You look at what’s going on. You know, I could go… The blocking, just the basic blocking of what we want to get out.
The fact that they don’t let them join. They don’t. There was…. There’s no doubt in my mind that I should have millions and millions…
I have millions of people, so many people I wouldn’t believe it. But I know that we’ve been blocked. People come up to me, and they say, “Sir, I can’t, I can’t get you. I can’t follow you. They make it impossible.” These are people that are really good at what they do. They say they make it absolutely impossible. And you know we can’t have it. We’re not going to let it happen.
Just as the summit was getting into full swing Twitter went down across the US and other parts of the world, meaning that there were literally people talking about Twitter but with nowhere to tweet about it.
This immediately prompted some to suggest that this outage on Twitter was almost timed too well and with some Trump supporters suggesting that this was a little too coincidental.
President speaking at the social media summit! Twitter finally back up after it went down. Interesting timing. https://t.co/fXtBWml2Xa