DONALD Trump is slated to sign an executive order targeting “crazy” social media giants after claiming that “Big Tech is trying to censor 2020 election.”
The President wants to penalize Silicon Valley juggernauts like Twitter after one of his tweets about up mail-in voting was labeled potentially misleading, reports say.
The executive order will reportedly relate to social media giants[/caption]
“Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election,” Trump raged shortly after 9.30 pm.
“If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!”
Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets as “misleading” after he repeated his unsubstantiated claim that expanding mail-in voting would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots.
Sources told The Washington Post that Trump now wants regulators to reconsider Section 230, which doesn’t hold these companies liable for the comments, videos and other content shared by users.
On Wednesday, his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Trump would sign an executive order relating to social media companies.
White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said Trump would sign it Thursday, reports said.
When Trump retweeted an article referencing Mark Zuckerberg’s statements that private companies shouldn’t be “the arbiter of truth,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey clapped back.
“Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey tweeted. “Please leave our employees out of this.
“We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.”
“This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” he added.
“More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.”
In a statement from the official Twitter account, the company said Trump’s tweets “could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process” ahead of the 2020 vote.
Earlier, Trump threatened to “close down” these companies he has accused of “silencing conservative voices.”
Later in the day, the president, locked in a growing feud with the social media giant Twitter, teased: “Big action to follow!”
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump tweeted.
“We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.”
“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. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”
Later, he added: “Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!”
Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Wednesday’s warning comes a day after Twitter took the unprecedented step of prompting readers to check facts in tweets sent by Trump, warning his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers.
The blue exclamation mark notification under his tweet prompted readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots.”
Users were then directed to a page with news articles and information on the topic aggregated by Twitter staffers.
A headline at the top of the page stated: “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud.”
That title was followed by a “what you need to know” section correcting three allegedly false or misleading claims made in the tweets.
MOST READ IN US NEWS
Twitter confirmed this was the first time it had applied a fact-checking label to a tweet by the president.
The social networking service said the fact-checking service was an extension of its new “misleading information” policy introduced this month to combat misinformation about the coronavirus.
Do you have a story for The US Sun team?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 416 4552.