President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested that Twitter should also get rid of The New York Times and The Washington Post accounts as the social media platform removes “fake” accounts.
“Twitter is getting rid of fake accounts at a record pace. Will that include the Failing New York Times and propaganda machine for Amazon, the Washington Post, who constantly quote anonymous sources that, in my opinion, don’t exist,” Trump tweeted.
“They will both be out of business in 7 years!”
Meanwhile, the deputy managing editor at the Times who oversees its digital platforms, Clifford Levy, replied to Trump’s tweet by saying that subscriptions increased since Trump’s election adding that the news outlet is “not failing.”
The facts: @nytimes has had astonishing growth in subscriptions since Trump’s election.
We now have more than 3.7 million paid subscriptions. We have subscribers in over 200 countries and territories. #notfailing, Levy wrote.
The Washington Examiner reported that Twitter has increased their efforts to remove fake accounts and those that are reported for harassment.
Trump in recent days upped his bashing of the news media.
“I see the way they write. They’re so damn dishonest,” Trump said during a campaign-style rally in Montana on Thursday night.
“And I don’t mean all of them, because some of the finest people I know are journalists really. Hard to believe when I say that. I hate to say it, but I have to say it. But 75 percent of those people are downright dishonest. Downright dishonest. They’re fake. They’re fake.”
Last week, 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, who had a long-running dispute with a Maryland paper over a column about a criminal harassment charge against him, entered the paper offices and opened fire killing five people. He has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
Trump had condemned the attack last week, saying, “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”