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Twitter searches of terms ‘asshole,’ ‘racist,’ and more lead to Trump’s account

Twitter has some explaining to do.

 

Samantha Grasso

Tech

Published Jan 26, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:18 am CDT

For a brief period Wednesday evening,ย Twitter searches of terms including “asshole,” “fascist,” “racist,” “worst,” and “dickhead” yielded results topped by the Twitter account of President Donald Trump. A search for the term “corrupt,” however, yielded the account of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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According to TechCrunch, Twitter’s short-term Easter egg for these hot search terms was first reported by a historian named Greg Jenner around 7:30pm ET.

Other keywords that triggered the 45th president’s Twitter account included “tiny hands,” “putin,” “asshat,” “golden showers,” and “#SnowflakeInChief,” according to Gizmodo. “Putin puppet” also triggers the result.ย 

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Atย 1am ET, only Twitter searches for “racist,” “tiny hands,” “golden showers,” “Putin puppet,” and “#SnowFlakeInChief” still yielded the president’s account, but Trump’s account has since been removed from the search results. ย 

Twitter will certainly have some explaining to do. While other accounts appear under the same search terms, all others seem to either have the search term somewhere in their username or Twitter bio to trigger the search result. Trump’s appearance, however, seems to have been programmed into the results.

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Twitter’s subversive diss at the president is reminiscent of a Googleย gaffes from 2005 and 2006, in which searches of the terms “failure” and “miserable failure” yielded results topped by President George W. Bush.ย 

Twitter has not responded to a request for comment.

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*First Published: Jan 26, 2017, 7:52 am CST