On Twitter several users have reported that, when trying to write the word “People”, the app immediately suggests that they tag the Twitter account of the American newspaper The New York Times. The error only occurs when writing from the web and, despite appearing to most users, the bug has not yet affected the entire platform.
“Journalists and users have warned the social network suggesting that the problem could look like an attack on the press.”
The error was discovered when when writing “enemy of the People” (enemy of the people, in English), the menu of suggestions of the app jumped and labeled the New York newspaper.
Given this, many journalists and users made a claim to the social network suggesting that the problem might seem an attack on the press. However, after experimenting with variations of the phrase, users discovered that what really triggered the bug was the use of the word “People” when it was written with the first letter in uppercase.
In the United States this small error has generated some controversy. Beyond the apparent attack on journalists, the bug has attracted much attention because it has also jumped to write the word “Sanders”, surname of the leading candidate for the US Democratic party. In addition, it is curious that the error linked to the New York Times with the phrase “Enemy of the People”, as it is always used by Trump to discredit the New York newspaper.
This situation could indicate that, behind the apparent error, there are actually political motivations that could influence its appearance. However, Twitter has limited itself to ensuring that it is a bug in the system’s search tool and that they are working to resolve it.
In any case, the constant efforts of Twitter to protect its users and counteract harmful content make it more unlikely that this is actually part of some kind of political strategy.