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US President Donald Trump’s tweets generate massive public engagement causing a tremendous pressure on Twitter’s system

The massive public reactions caused by the US president Donald Trump's opinion expressed in twitter resulted in the breakdown of the site

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President-elect Donald Trump gives thumbs up after speaking to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, Dec. 28, 2016. VOA
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New York, Feb 12, 2017: US President Donald Trump’s tweets generate such a massive public engagement and responses that Twitter cannot handle them, putting a tremendous pressure on Twitter’s system.

According to a report in Mashable India on Saturday, many users’ replies to Trump’s tweets appeared as ‘disconnected’ from the original tweet, as the massive responses it garners caused a breakdown to Twitter’s technical infrastructure.

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Some people have called the issue as a matter of censorship but Twitter’s Vice President of engineering Ed Ho has clarified that the ‘disconnection’ between original Trump tweet and replies was caused by a “long standing technical issue”.

According to Ho, the issue crops up when tweets generate a large number of replies.”@dannysullivan @jack it’s due to the high number of replies, long standing technical issue, we are working on a fix,” Ho said in a tweet.

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According to a report in Fortune, Twitter is, at least historically, notorious for uneven handling of system loads.
“But the issue of the disconnected tweets is in some ways even more pernicious than the sitewide outages of yesteryear. Arguments that Twitter was censoring either pro- or anti-Trump tweets might not have been accurate, but they reflected a real erosion of faith in Twitter’s openness,” the report said. (IANS)

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U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter

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FILE - The Twitter app is seen on a mobile phone in Philadelphia, April 26, 2017
U.S. Library of Congress will not collect every tweet on twitter. VOA

US, Dec 31, 2017: The U.S. Library of Congress says it will no longer collect every single tweet published on Twitter as it has been doing for the past 12 years.

The library said this week that it can no longer collect everything across the entire social media platform because of recent changes Twitter has made, including allowing longer tweets, photos and videos.

It said in a blog post this week that its first objective with collecting and archiving tweets was “to document the emergence of online social media for future generations.” The library says it has fulfilled that objective and no longer needs to be a “comprehensive” collector of tweets.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington.
FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, the Library of Congress is seen in Washington. VOA

The Library of Congress said it will still collect and archive tweets in the future, but will do so on a more selective basis. It said going forward “the tweets collected and archived will be thematic and event-based, including events such as elections, or themes of ongoing national interest, e.g. public policy.”

The library said it generally does not collect media comprehensively, but said it made an exception for public tweets when the social media platform was first developed.

The library said it will keep its previous archive of tweets from 2006-2017 to help people understand the rise of social media and to offer insight into the public mood during that time. “Throughout its history, the Library has seized opportunities to collect snapshots of unique moments in human history and preserve them for future generations,” it said.

“The Twitter Archive may prove to be one of this generation’s most significant legacies to future generations. Future generations will learn much about this rich period in our history, the information flows, and social and political forces that help define the current generation,” it said. (VOA)