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Twitter Has Another Bad Idea

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It is hardly a secret that Donald Trump’s favorite social-media service is Twitter, which he logs onto in the wee hours of the morning, mashing his phone’s keyboard until the autocorrect puts together a halfway-coherent sentence for him. This morning, he got mad about criticism over how he contradicts his surrogates in the news. He suggested canceling press briefing and just writing announcements.

Twitter COO and CFO Anthony Noto sensed an opportunity to leverage his platform.

Hmmm … nope! Don’t do this. As much as I’d love to see President Trump tweet out, “Great question, @MAGAkek88,” Twitter is a horrible place for detailed political discussion. Evidence of this: literally anyone who has ever tried to discuss politics on Twitter. It’s horrible.

The point of press briefings is that the press gets the opportunity to push back. Letting Trump, a proven liar, screen and respond to the questions he deems acceptable is a good way of encouraging propaganda.

And, of course, Twitter’s impact is arguably far less than cable news. Most people find out about what goes on on Twitter by watching cable news than by actually using Twitter.

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