Some people might call this a bit of irony. Or, as I like to say, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. On Thursday, President Trump held a “Social Media Summit” that didn’t include anyone from social media. No heads of Google, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter. Yet, he had a group of far-right voices and lavished praise on them for their work on his behalf. It was a bit interesting too, since many of them make their lives on Twitter, were hit with a Twitter outage.
“Some of you are extraordinary. The crap you think of is unbelievable,” Trump said. He used this event to explain his dismay of social media, the “purging” of conservative voices on social media. During that time, Twitter experienced an outage that kept the service down for about an hour.
What makes this interesting is that this is the third major outage in the last week. Facebook and Instagram suffered a major outage on July 3rd, only to be followed by iCloud issues during the following weekend. Linkedin was down for a few hours, but no one really counts them. Service was later restored with Twitter citing that it was “an internal configuration change” that led to the hour-long outage.
Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups said they were most alarmed that Trump had invited supporters who have a history of targeting the president’s political opponents with inflammatory tweets, misleading videos and hard-to-debunk conspiracy theories.
At one point, the president praised James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, which has released widely criticized, highly edited videos of his subjects.
“Somebody said he’s controversial,” Trump said. “He’s truthful.”
I’m not one for random conspiracy theories, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of you out there think this was a plot by Twitter to stymie this event. Honestly, I doubt that is the case. However, if anyone deserved to be targeted by a Twitter outage it was that group of morons.