Trump threatens to shut social media companies after Twitter adds warning to his tweets

WION Web Team
New York, New York, United States of America Published: May 27, 2020, 06.59 PM(IST)

US President Donald Trump (File photo) Photograph:( Reuters )

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The dramatic shift by the tech company, which has tightened its policies in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach has allowed misinformation to thrive, had prompted Trump to accuse it of interfering in the upcoming US presidential election.

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc added a warning to a few of his tweets prompting readers to fact check his claims.

It is for the first time Twitter has undertaken such action.

Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations of political bias by such technology platforms, tweeting: "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."

He added: "Clean up your act, NOW!!!!"

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In the pair of early morning posts, the president again blasted mail-in ballots. Trump posted similar tweets about the ballot topic on Tuesday, which had moved Twitter to add a blue exclamation mark alert underneath those tweets to warn his claims were false and had been debunked by factcheckers.

The dramatic shift by the tech company, which has tightened its policies in recent years amid criticism that its hands-off approach has allowed misinformation to thrive, had prompted Trump to accuse it of interfering in the upcoming US presidential election.

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