US president Donald Trump has threatened to close down social media platforms a day after Twitter, for the first time, slapped a warning label on a pair of Trump tweets that prompted readers to fact check the president’s claim.
“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. 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!!!!”. The President Tweeted.
“Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!”
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
President Donald Trump’s tweet was given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time on Tuesday May 26, a decision that prompted the US president to accuse the social media platform of meddling in election.
Trump had tweeted “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” Shortly after the tweet was sent out, a warning label was placed on the post and a subsequent tweet.
Twitter’s notification displayed a blue exclamation mark underneath the tweets, suggesting readers “get the facts about mail-in ballots”. Twitter’s link directed users to a page on which Mr Trump’s claims about mail-in ballots are described as “unsubstantiated”. The social media company cited reports on the issue by CNN, the Washington Post and others.
President Donald Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election scheduled for 3 November 2020 in new tweets. The US President who accused the social media company of “completely stifling free speech”, stated that he will never allow it happen.