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President Trump Threatens to Close Twitter!


Warlord

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President Donald Trump escalated an attack on social-media giants on Wednesday, threatening to “close them down” a day after Twitter Inc. marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time.

Using his own Twitter account, Trump said: “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.”

On Tuesday, Twitter said Trump’s tweets about voting by mail “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

The Trump campaign accused the company of “clear political bias.”

Wednesday’s threat wasn’t the first time Trump has gone after social-media companies, or Twitter in particular. He has in the past charged Google search results for news about him contained only “fake” news, and said Twitter “should be sued” over “what’s happening with the bias.”

Tuesday night, Trump tweeted that Twitter is stifling free speech, “and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-threatens-to-close-social-media-platforms-as-he-fights-with-twitter-2020-05-27

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 Quite a bold step for Twitter, given the huge traffic (and I assume revenues) generated by their top high rollers.   I never get over Trump's ability to be a pathological liar but regularly dismiss anything counter as 'fake news'.

 Maybe looking medium term they sense more of a backlash from their advertises and members if Trump BS is continually unchallenged. 

Twitter want and bird in the bush rather than two in their hands now.

 

 

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So he signed an Executive Order to regulate them through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) both of which have an extensive range of powers.  Will be interesting to see what happens next.

 

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On 29/05/2020 at 13:39, Warlord said:

So he signed an Executive Order to regulate them through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) both of which have an extensive range of powers.  Will be interesting to see what happens next.

 

Turns out... nothing.

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