Music artist Taylor Swift's new app, Swift Life, launched on Friday in the Apple iOS store. It was meant to allow her fans to communicate with each other, giving them a safe place to socialize and also worship Taylor. But the Taylor Swift app flooded with a legion of homophobic Donald Trump supporters, as they plunged the new social networking platform into chaos.
#TheSwiftLife is now available WORLDWIDE for free in the @AppStore! 🙌🎉 Download it here: https://t.co/OAy6IIBrsx https://t.co/YmKLILjFsk— Taylor Nation (@Taylor Nation)1513455814.0
Conversations about Taylor and her music were quickly drowned out by those defending, and justifying, their love for Trump.
Taylor Swift’s new app is being overtaken by Donald Trump fans https://t.co/3RYXTuShtP https://t.co/oVQMQqBgyg— NME (@NME)1513692406.0
In a since-deleted post from the app, a fan known only as Britt wrote: “Republicans and Trump supporters have just as much a right to be here as everyone. There are people who voted for him or may vote Republican but didn’t vote for him. They may not agree with his beliefs but at least he supports our troops. Sorry, but everyone has a right to vote for whoever they want.”
so apparently whilst i was asleep the swift life turned into a hot ass mess for republicans and homophobes to vent… https://t.co/gTtGKmyhkQ— rachel 📖 (@rachel 📖)1513416906.0
Less than 48 hours after launching, Taylor Swift's new app has become plagued with Trump-loving trolls and homophob… https://t.co/rmLlGlAsW3— Clare Palo (@Clare Palo)1513728564.0
More homophobic and Trump-loving comments were made.
More controversially, another wrote: “I just don’t accept gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.”
OMFGDGSFS https://t.co/lUWj75WQmG— lexie (@lexie)1513400983.0
Taylor's fans reacted and commented on the posts via Twitter.
First of all... she has an app?
@NME She has an app? https://t.co/EdMJPfHkMZ— karissa (@karissa)1513711262.0
It controversy quickly became viral.
@TheCut Now thats what I call virus— jolie me (@jolie me)1513724579.0
Some people are not surprised that many of Taylor's fans are also homophobic Trump supporters.
She has never denounced them.
Not surprising, seeing as she's never denounced the Trump supporters who have praised her as an "Aryan goddess" https://t.co/N7sGjFsFpR— The Cut (@The Cut)1513713647.0
Of course, many of her fans refused to believe this was happening.
@alisonc1389 @NME I have it too, it is filled with Nazis and trump supporters— Selena is coming (@Selena is coming)1513747764.0
The fans defended and even attempted to minimize situation.
@marceline1k94 @tswiftsgomez Exactly - It seems only normal that unless otherwise stated, a social media network sh… https://t.co/QeVhy4m8Kx— toby eglesfield (@toby eglesfield)1513723483.0
Was her social community app invaded by Russian bots and trolls?
@RawStory Russian cyborgs— Claudia Pearson (@Claudia Pearson)1513707341.0
@Independent More likely by bots. Check the IP addresses..— Tom Wellborn 👓 (@Tom Wellborn 👓)1513708707.0
@tswiftsgomez I wouldn't be surprised if this is just trolls that have made accounts on the swift life to stir up t… https://t.co/VzzKWe0qW6— Felicia (@Felicia)1513434736.0
Clearly, Taylor did not include quality control into the app.
Maybe she should hire some community moderators.
@AppStore @taylorswift13 Have they hired community moderators?— Hurricane Diana (@Hurricane Diana)1513731408.0
Nevertheless, their love for Taylor is unending.
@tswiftsgomez Taylor Swift strikes me as a very inclusive and open minded individual. I'd imagine it would be diffi… https://t.co/ruPHjSDmw8— Christopher Marston (@Christopher Marston)1513641616.0
It's not Taylor's Fault -- she's a force of nature.
@Independent ...Taylor Swift is a force. Many will attach their agendas to her name because she is so absolutely in… https://t.co/79HWvUd96m— Jim Clarey (@Jim Clarey)1513709341.0
Some of her fans tried to leave personal messages for Taylor to read.
@AppStore @taylorswift13 Hi ms. Swift you are awesome and I enjoyed your music, your poetry is wonderful @taylorswift13— Nolan tierce (@Nolan tierce)1513701918.0
@AppStore @taylorswift13 I know I'm just another fan but your music flips my stomach just you being in the world fi… https://t.co/oLrqGIgNBt— jdb (@jdb)1513660122.0
Justin and Nolan... you know she's not reading this, right?
The issue has already been resolved, with the posts in question removed.
@RawStory Ugh. They were shut down the same day by the users and the app moderators.— Misfit Human (@Misfit Human)1513716502.0
Some suggested later that this was all Fake News, and that it never happened.
@clarepalo Did any of you actually go to the app to confirm this? Isn't that what journalists are supposed to do?… https://t.co/gR2FsDBX68— RosisRoad (@RosisRoad)1513730139.0
Oh, how the mighty Swift has fallen.
@AppStore @taylorswift13 Tasylor swift wont follow a single person back....she will sue her fans for even having a… https://t.co/XM4xCwrN4g— plasma1 (@plasma1)1513748237.0
@AppStore @taylorswift13 If you think your fame will save your career, and you can have your cake and eat it too as… https://t.co/kz9Ca3bO6I— markusgarvey (@markusgarvey)1513695570.0
Currently, the app is only available on iOS and not Android -- because there's less money in the latter.
@laxugaxeel @AppStore @taylorswift13 And here I thought it was because TS cut that deal with Apple music, lol. Rega… https://t.co/UzNEagn89m— Robert Davis (@Robert Davis)1513531153.0
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