Monday 06.07.2020

Trump threatens to shutter social media companies after Twitter warning

Shares of the companies were down in pre-market trading following his posts.
US President Donald Trump in an event in the Rose Garden at the White House. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst.
US President Donald Trump in an event in the Rose Garden at the White House. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president's claims.

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!!!!"

Representatives for Twitter and Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment on Trump's tweets. Shares of the companies were down in pre-market trading following his posts.

A blue exclamation mark

In the pair of early morning posts, the Republican 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.

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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.

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