President Trump Wants to Shut Down Social Media Companies For Fact Checking Him
President Trump is firing back at Social Media platforms after Twitter announced it would start fact-checking his tweets. Trump did not name any specific company in his tweet on Wednesday. He said in his tweet, “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservative voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down before we can ever allow this to happen.”
Twitter made the decision to fact-check the President on its platform after coming under tremendous heat form other Twitter users. Many users called for Twitter to completely close down President Trump’s account. The platform has shut down many other accounts that have violated its community guidelines but has never shut down Trump. This was seen as unacceptable to many Twitter users.
Trump has long been at odds with social media platforms. He has gone on record claiming that social media platforms are biased against conservatives. Back in 2019 Trump tweeted this before a social media summit, “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination, and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer.”
Kellyanne Conway came to Trump’s aid during an interview on Fox News. She doubled down on his attack on being fact-checked. She said that Twitter was, “relying upon the same people who attack him all day long to quote fact check him.”
Conway attacked Twitter’s head of integrity, Yoel Roth, for what he tweeted about Trump voters back in November 2016. His tweet reads, “I’m just saying, we fly over those states that voted for a racist tangerine for a reason.”
Sen. Marco Rubio also put in his two cents saying of Twitter’s new fact-checking, “they have now decided to exercise an editorial role like a publisher then they should no longer be shielded from liability & treated as publishers under the law.”
Rubio added, “The law still protects social media companies like @Twitter because they are considered forums, not publishers. But if they have now decided to exercise an editorial role like a publisher then they should no longer be shielded from liability & treated as publishers under the law.”
There is no doubt that the war between conservatives and social media platforms is just heating up.