Trump preparing executive order to address perceived bias at social media giants
The president thinks social media is meddling in the 2020 White House race.
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President Trump is preparing an executive order, aimed for release Thursday, to address perceived anti-conservative bias at social media giants.
White House spokeswomen Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah told reporters aboard Air Force Once that the president will be signing an executive order “pertaining to social media” but gave no additional details.
Trump earlier on Wednesday said that he will “strongly regulate” or even “close down” social media platforms, one day after Twitter flagged two of his posts.
The president made the vow on Twitter after the social media platform added a message to the tweets that linked to a page disputing the accuracy of his posts.
Trump and other conservatives argue that social media is censoring or silencing their messages.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump said over two tweets Wednesday morning. “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.”
In the two flagged tweets, Trump warned that mail-in voting is ripe for fraud, particularly in California.
Trump, in response to Twitter fact-checking his tweets, tweeted Tuesday: "@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"
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