Politics

Trump threatens to shut down social media

US President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down social media after Twitter put a fact-check label on some of his tweets.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young – RTX1KTWT

There has been criticism against social media platforms regarding the lack of restraint on leaders who use the means to make unsubstantiated claims.

Trump had tweeted that mail-in ballots were fraudulent on Tuesday. This was fact checked by Twitter — an action which peeved the US president.

Twitter put a warning on Trump’s tweet: “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” and redirected users to news articles about the president’s unproven claim.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump said social media was silencing the voices of conservatives, and that the platforms will be regulated or closed down before they totally silence conservatives.

”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,” he tweeted.

”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!!!!”

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