Twitter Hashtag ‘Redbox To Mexico’ Trends Despite Containing No Tweets

Twitter users noticed Saturday night that a hashtag named “Redbox To Mexico” began trending on Twitter despite the tag having no tweets whatsoever, raising concerns that Twitter HQ is tampering with the platform’s trending hashtags.

This is the second time that the hashtag #RedboxToMexico has mysteriously appeared in Twitter’s trending list with users first reporting the empty hashtag back in September. Hashtags are only supposed to appear in the trending list if they achieve a certain level of popularity and activity. 

 

Twitter provided no explanation for the hashtag in September but it quickly fell off the trending topics section, until early Saturday night when the hashtag, again completely devoid of any tweets or content, appeared as the 11th highest trending topic on Twitter.

Many people became suspicious, some questioning whether or not the hashtag was designed to be a hit piece on Donald Trump.

Others blamed Twitter staff implying that the hashtag was directly created by them.

Breitbart Tech has reached out to Twitter for comment on the issue but has received no comment at this time.

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