The President of the United States, Donald Trump has threatened to close social media, precisely twitter.
Trump made this remark a day after Twitter posted a fact-checking notice on one of his tweets.
Trump’s threat comes a day after Twitter for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets that prompted readers to fact check the president’s tweet that claimed mail-in ballots could allow widespread voter fraud.
It immediately led to a presidential eruption accusing the platform of “completely stifling FREE SPEECH”.
However, Trump insinuated that social media firms suppressed conservative points of view, then said that his administration would “strongly regulate [the companies] or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen”.
Subsequently, Trump did not elaborate on what actions he could take.
But the threat is Trump’s clearest expression of intent to use the power of government to target his perceived political enemies in the private sector — businesses that already enjoy wide latitude under the law to moderate their platforms as they see fit.
And it raises the stakes for Twitter and Facebook as they grapple with Trump’s misleading claims about mail-in voting and his baseless insinuations that a cable TV news host had a hand in an aide’s death decades ago.
“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!!!!”