WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Dec 18) accused tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google of being biased in favour of opposition Democrats, a day after a report for the Senate revealed Russian agents had used social media in an attempt to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favour.
"Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous!" Trump tweeted.
"Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING!"
An analysis for the Senate Intelligence Committee released on Monday described an organised campaign by the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) to hurt Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, by inflaming right-wing conspiracy theories and suppressing the vote of traditionally liberal groups such as African Americans.
The IRA-created account "Blacktivist" sent out messages such as: "No lives matter to Hillary Clinton. Only votes matter to Hillary Clinton."
Separately, a portion of the 3,841 IRA accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube studied by the researchers sought to provoke Republican-leaning white Americans to get out and vote.
And after Trump took office Moscow's operatives took aim at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, head of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
Trump is a regular critic of social media and accused Twitter as recently as October of stifling the growth of his account by making it harder for users to follow him.
Marketing software firm SparkToro revealed in October that its analysis of his 55 million-plus followers had revealed that more than 60 per cent were fake.
Around three-quarters of accounts that followed Trump had been inactive for at least 120 days while 36 per cent used Twitter's default profile image.