On Wednesday US President Donald Trump threatened to “strongly regulate” or close down social media platforms that do not meet his standards for ideological balance, a day after Twitter, labelled two of his tweets “unsubstantiated” and accused him of making false claims.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservative’s voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,”
Twitter targeted two tweets the president posted on Tuesday in which he contended without evidence that mail-in voting would lead to fraud and a “Rigged Election.”
Under the tweets, Twitter posted a link which read “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”—a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the US president over truth-defying posts.
On Wednesday Trump pushed back again saying “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 Trump also accused social media platforms of interfering in the last election, saying “we saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.”
“We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.”
However the President has long used Twitter as a platform to spread abuse, conspiracy theories, false information and insults to his 80 million followers.
In 2016 before being elected Trump built his political brand by supporting the “birther” lie that Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was not born in the United States and therefore was not eligible to be president. And he has recently ignited another storm with an attempted character assassination of MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough by spreading the baseless rumour that he murdered an aide.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News