Trump warns, threatens to close down social media
White House has announced that President Trump will sign an executive order on social media.
While confirming this on Wednesday May 27, 2020, White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, stated that she could not get ahead of the president to explain the purpose and intent of the order.
Trump has warned media giants that the federal government could “strongly regulate” or “close them down” if they continue to “silence conservative voices.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump tweeted.
“We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. 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,” he added.
“Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them and their other compatriots is correct. Big action to follow!” he stated.
This comes after Twitter on Tuesday slapped a warning label on one of Trump’s tweets referring to mail-in ballots, cautioning readers that despite the president’s claims, “fact-checkers” say there is “no evidence” that mail-in voting would increase fraud risks and that “experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud.”
The president, within minutes of the platform’s labeling, accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” while adding that the Twitter is “completely stifling FREE SPEECH,” and vowing that “I, as President, will not allow that to happen.”
Twitter’s new warning label was issued even though a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged to Fox News that Trump’s tweet had not broken any of the platform’s rules, and even though some other experts have raised fraud concerns surrounding mail-in voting.