Donald Trump is being used on Twitter. That should alarm everyone.

Maybe giving the U.S. president unfettered and relatively unregulated access to Twitter was a terrible idea?

A Saturday morning report from the New York Times comes with the chilling takeaway that savvy social media users outside the U.S. are gaming President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits. It’s an alarming prospect for anyone who treasures America’s continued independence – including the famously controlling president himself.

Trump’s habit of retweeting ideas he agrees with has strengthened the platforms, and therefore the influence, of what the report’s headline describes as “conspiracy-mongers, racists, and spies.” The NYT‘s deep-dive looks at the president’s 11,000-plus tweets, as well as the 47 accounts he follows and the accounts he’s retweeted. …

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