Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

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Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to take over or close down social media companies over stifling of conservative voices. This comes after Twitter notified a warning to some of his tweets admonishing his followers to fact check the president’s tweets.

Without presenting any proof, Trump accused the platform of being sentimental, tweeting: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms can silence conservatives voices completely. We will strongly control, or shut them down, before such will happen.”

The president, an important user of Twitter with quite 80 million followers, added: “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

Trump’s threat to pack up platforms like Twitter Inc and Facebook was his strongest yet within a broader conservative backlash against Big Tech. Shares of both companies fell.

Twitter for the first time attached fact-check labels on Trump tweets after he made derogatory claims on Tuesday with respect to mail-in voting, attaching a fact-check label to alert and warn his followers that his claims were untrue, having been refuted by fact-checkers.

The tweet he posted early Wednesday morning, the Republican president again criticized mail-in ballots. In his third tweet that same day, he threatened “big action” against Twitter.

Twitter and Facebook declined comment on Trump’s tweets.

Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

Twitter has tightened its terms and conditions in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach had permitted violence, scam and false information to thrive.

Tech companies are accused of anti-competitive practices and violating user privacy.

Platforms such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon had been fined for antitrust investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and a U.S. congressional panel.

Jon Berroya, the Internet Association’s interim President and Chief Executive said during a statement that social media platforms don’t have a political sentiments and that give people “ an opportunity to be heard than at any point in history.” The trade group mentioned Twitter, Facebook and Google among its members.

Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

AUTHORITY OR NOT?
It was not immediately clear whether Trump has the authority to pack up the businesses . The American Civil Liberties Union said the primary Amendment of the U.S. Constitution limits any action Trump could fancy regulate social media platforms.

Separately, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Wednesday upheld the disapproval of a suit filed by conservative group Freedom Watch and right-wing YouTube personality, Laura Loomer against Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple asserting that they ganged up to bully conservative politics .

Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and the Department of Justice, are weighing options to effect changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that largely withdraw social media platforms from legal liability for the fabric their users post.

Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

Such changes could implicate tech companies to more lawsuits or raise their costs.

The White house is considering establishing a panel to review complaints of anti-conservative bias on social media, consistent with recent news reports.

Twitter’s action on Tuesday caused Trump to accuse it of politically conspiring in November’s presidential election, while its rival Facebook didn’t do anything to Trump’s post on mail-in ballots untouched on its platform on Tuesday.

Trump Threatens to Shut-Down Social-Media

In his tweets Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots will cause vote fraud, forgeries and ineligible voters getting ballots.

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