Donald Trump promises to be 'very restrained' on Twitter in future

The President-elect, who was notorious for his inflammatory tweets, says Twitter helped him win the election but now he is going to change his tune

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If you are one of the 14 million people who follows Donald Trump on Twitter, you will probably have noticed that his modus operandi has changed somewhat. He has gone from firing off inflammatory tweets at ungodly times of the night to adopting an uncharacteristically mild-mannered, composed tone.

The President-elect has now explained that this new attitude to the social media site is here to stay, explaining that he is going to be “very restrained” in his Twitter usage from here on in.

Mr Trump also said he believed social media had played a massive role in his election victory.

Speaking on CBS's 60 Minutes program which is due to air on Sunday, the billionaire businessman said: “I'm going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to be very restrained.”

He applauded the freedom of social media and emphasized Twitter’s ability to spread messages.

“It's a great form of communication. I'm not saying I love it, but it does get the word out."

"When you give me a bad story or when you give me an inaccurate story or when somebody other than you and another - a network, or whatever, because of course, CBS would never do a thing like that right? I have a method of fighting back...

"I think that social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that".

Since his shock victory, Mr Trump has tweeted promising to never forget “the forgotten man and woman” and about his ”really good meeting with President Obama”. On Thursday he posted a controversial tweet saying it is “unfair” that people “incited by the media” are protesting his win, dubbing them: “professional protesters.”

However day later, he appeared to have a change of heart, saying: “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”