Thursday, 28 May 2020 08:04

Trump Threatens Action Against Twitter

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to "strongly regulate" or close down social media platforms, after Twitter tagged a pair of his tweets with a fact-check warning.

The president is to sign on Thursday an executive order “pertaining to social media,” according to the White House press office, which provided no further details.

In Wednesday morning tweets, Trump said that Republicans feel that "Social Media Platforms totally silence conservative voices." He alleged that social media sites attempted — and failed — to stifle conservatives' voices during the 2016 election. "We can't let a more sophisticated version of that happen again," Trump said.

The president also declared that “Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!”

On Tuesday, an unprecedented alert on the @realDonaldTrump tweets about mail-in balloting prompted the president to accuse Twitter of interference in this year’s election and of “completely stifling” free speech.

“I, as President, will not allow it to happen,” he concluded.

 

Donald J. Trump

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[email protected] is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post....

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When those viewing Trump’s flagged tweets on Tuesday clicked on the warning placed by Twitter, they were taken to a notification titled: "Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud."

(VOA)

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