The rise of Donald Trump and his never-a-dull-moment campaign for president can be chalked up to two culprits: Silicon Valley and social media, Vanity Fair says.
"People in Silicon Valley offer a lot of explanations about how we got to this point ... The real reason, of course, is Silicon Valley," Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton writes.
"The only thing that's really changed between Trump's other attempts to run for office and now is the advent of social media. And Trump, who has spent his life offending people, knows exactly how to bend it to his will."
For example, Bilton, says, "On Twitter, Trump is already president," referring to the billionaire developer's frequent and aggressive tweets blasting his critics and fellow candidates.
And then there's Facebook, who
's founder Mark Zuckerberg is not a fan of the Republican presidential front-runner — even though Trump is a major star on his social networking site.
"Last week, when news broke that employees at Facebook asked Zuckerberg if the company had a responsibility to stop Trump, perhaps truly making the world a better place, it was Trump's answer that seemed to explain why that could never happen," Bilton explains.
"'I like Facebook, and I'm very successful on Facebook,' Trump said in an interview before touting how many followers he has on the platform (7 million compared to [Hillary] Clinton's 3.2 million). 'No one else is even close to that.' Sadly, he's right." Vanity Fair writes.
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