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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

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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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)