Last Wednesday president trump threatened to close down social media after twitter fact-checked his tweets on mail-in-voting. Trump stated that this move by Twitter was because of the strong links the platform has with Republicans.
“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 on Wednesday. “We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.”
Trump continues stating “….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!!!! “
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27 and 28, 2020 tweets below.
The president posted his comments a day after he accused the social media giant of “stifling FREE SPEECH.”
The president’s fact-check was a first of its kind for the platform and was received with mixed reviews regarding its way of dealing with misinformation and false statement.
The platform placed a warning on the president’s claim that California would send mail-in ballots to anyone living in the state was false. According to the fact-check president himself voted by mail in the Florida Republic primary this year.
Utah, Oregon, Nebraska and several other states are already utilizing widespread mail-in-ballots.
Twitter was also criticized from the president’s reelection campaign.
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, said.
A twitter spokesperson responded by telling The Hill, “These Tweets contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”
Last weekend, before the clash between the president and twitter, The Wall Street journal also reported on the president informing that Trump was considering creating a review panel for anti-conservative bias on social media platforms.
“Left-wing bias in the tech world is a concern that definitely needs to be addressed from our vantage point, and at least exposed [so] that Americans have clear eyes about what we’re dealing with,” a White House official told the paper.