POTUS Threatens Twitter After Platform Labels Trump Tweets as ‘Fake News’
The fight for freedom of speech online has taken a tawdry turn this week.
The war between President Trump and Silicon Valley is heating up again this week, and the fallout could have repercussions for Americans far and wide.
Twitter recently announced that they would add a layer of “fact checking” to their realtime communication platform this week, and that this new verification protocol would not be confined to use on civilian accounts only. Given just how often President Donald Trump finds himself at odds with the Twitterverse, there was no denying that this effort was likely aimed directly at him, and exacerbated by the controversies surrounding the coronavirus crisis.
And it didn’t take long for Twitter to employ the new protocols against Trump, either, with a fact-check addendum already being added to presidential dispatches on the social media site.
The Commander in Chief was not happy.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned social media companies to stop silencing conservatives on their platforms or face a stiff penalty.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” he wrote. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”
The president said that despite attempts by tech companies to stop him from winning in 2016, he still won but warned that the companies would try again in 2020.
“We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again,” he wrote.
Trump commented on social media companies after Twitter on Tuesday branded one of his tweets warning about vote-by-mail fraud with a fact check.
“Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win,” Trump wrote. “Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
One can only imagine that this fight is far from over, and that things could take an ugly turn in the months leading up to the 2020 election.
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