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    Trump threatens to shut down Social Media Companies

    Trump threatens to shut down social media companies

    By Rory Cellan-JonesTechnology correspondentShare this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Whatsapp
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    President Trump has taken the extraordinary step of threatening to close down social media platforms.

    The threat came after Twitter added fact-check links to his tweets for the first time.

    The battle between the president and the social-media companies has been brewing for a time.

    But now it feels as though an all-out war is looming between Donald Trump and Twitter ahead of the US presidential election, in November.

    Last night, a couple of Trump tweets raging about "fraudulent" postal ballots in US elections featured - for some users but not all - a strapline linking to what Twitter called "facts about mail-in ballots."

    This then led to a page debunking the president's claims but featuring articles from two organisations he regards as his sworn enemies, CNN and the Washington Post.

    It took him no time to fight back, tweeting : "Twitter is completely stifling free speech, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen."

    Then, on Wednesday morning, the president woke up and raised the temperature even further with this two-part tweet :
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    "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 - just like we can't let largescale 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."
    Conspiracy theories


    So does he mean any of this?

    It is very hard to see Congress passing laws to strongly regulate or close down social-media platforms.

    The president refers to free speech.

    But as a private company, Twitter is free to police its platform as it sees fit.

    Nevertheless, for Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, this is undoubtedly just the start of a clash that will continue right up until the November election.

    In recent days, he has been under huge pressure to do something about President Trump's tweets.

    Now, he has acted but not in a way that might have been expected.

    There has been a furore over the way the president has used Twitter seemingly to endorse a baseless conspiracy theory about one of his critics, the TV presenter and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough.
    Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionTwitter chief Jack Dorsey has resisted pressure to delete some of President Trump's previous tweets
    President Trump has repeatedly suggested the death in an accident, in 2001, of one of the Congressman's aides, Lori Klausutis, is a "cold case" that deserves to be reopened by the police.

    And that led the widower of Ms Klausutis to write to Jack Dorsey, pleading with him to remove the president's tweets because of the pain they were causing her family.

    So far, Mr Dorsey has refused, apparently convinced the president's Twitter feed has protected status because it is part of the public record.
    Nor was there any attempt to correct the inaccuracies in the tweets.

    Adding a fact-check to the tweets about mail-in ballots appears to fit in with a new Twitter policy on protecting elections .

    It warns users they may not post or share content that may interfere in elections or might suppress participation.

    Last night, another baseless conspiracy theory - this time about a made-up crime involving Donald Trump in 2000 - was posted by an account called TheTweetofGod.

    It too has neither been removed nor fact-checked, perhaps because Twitter realises it would be accused of inconsistency.

    The president's Facebook page also features his diatribes about mail-in ballots and Joe Scarborough, with no sign of any fact-checking or limits on sharing such material.

    But that's not to suggest it will escape his ire.

    Last week, the president tweeted : "The radical left is in total command and control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google."

    And he intended to "remedy this illegal situation".

    There have since been reports the White House might set up a special commission to investigate the claim.

    Whatever the social-media companies do about their most famous and controversial user is bound to cause anger on one side or another.

    They can look forward to a long hot summer

    #2
    Twitter is full of irrelevant asswipes who think they wield some kind of power F them and facefuck karens .

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      #3
      I kinda wish he would just shut down all social media if he could. I'm real close to getting rid of facebook and instagram ( the only 2 social media sites I visit, unless you count forums as social media)

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        #4
        they already have laws something something you can't discriminate based on religion or sexual confusion or something something.

        he isn't talking about trying to get congress to pass a law on it, he would use the ATF/DOJ/SOUP to file lawsuits against them so that they come in to compliance with existing laws.

        it's all fluff, i guess the 100k number of 'rona deaths being well delayed from "reasonable expert predictions" didn't generate enough news for them, needed something else. Trump twitter? low hanging fruit.


        Up is difficult, down is dangerous

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          #5
          Lying is free speech so I can see why he’s upset.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Poriggity View Post
            I kinda wish he would just shut down all social media if he could. I'm real close to getting rid of facebook and instagram ( the only 2 social media sites I visit, unless you count forums as social media)
            I deleted FB after I was band for an opinion. I then decided to join IG.... That will teach them. Fuck , wouldn't you know it. FB owns that too. I since rejoined FB and only friended immediate family reduced what I follow. I'm keeping it that way. Mucho better.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Jackie Treehorn View Post
              Lying is free speech so I can see why he’s upset.
              STFU Karen

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                #8
                It's a private company. Nobody forces Trump to use it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Mikel View Post
                  It's a private company. Nobody forces Trump to use it.
                  💟

                  it would be more excellent if trump would use this to say "i am going elsewhere, this is their right to discriminate as a private company and i'm going to dismantle the federal enforcement side of these bullshit laws"


                  Up is difficult, down is dangerous

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Mikel View Post
                    It's a private company. Nobody forces Trump to use it.
                    Only problem is they are trying to claim they are just a platform and deserve protection from suit(209???). By their 'editorialization'(ie inaccurate fact check), they are no longer a platform but a publisher(ie newspaper, magazine) and deserve to loose that protection.

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                      #11
                      I'll just leave this here.

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtM7IuywPTk

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Mikel View Post
                        It's a private company. Nobody forces Trump to use it.
                        Agreed, and IMO twitter is well within their rights to post links that Trump doesn't like.
                        Non Lemming

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                          #13
                          Just wondering, think Trump is willing to start another social media site? One that would be friendly to conservative views? If nothing else it would certainly have the left up in arms and then they would start using the same arguments that are being used against them (but they would never acknowledge that).

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                            #14


                            The Article I read said "Trump to Sign Executive Order on Social Media on Thursday, WH Says"
                            Huh How does a building talk

                            Opening paragraphs
                            President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Trump threatened to shut down websites he accused of stifling conservative voices.

                            The officials gave no further details. It was unclear how Trump could follow through on the threat of shutting down privately owned companies including Twitter Inc. The company declined comment.


                            Aha The standard unknown officials "Say" Which means it is proabaly totally BS !

                            https://www.newsmax.com/us/trump/202...r=0101045wco2q

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                              #15
                              It was unclear how Trump could follow through on the threat of shutting down privately owned companies including Twitter Inc. The company declined comment.


                              we are *LITERALLY* in a period of time where the government is arresting, fining, and revoking licenses from private business in nearly every state in this country.

                              I cannot laugh at that comment enough.

                              "well, scoff, the absurdity, har har, of the government telling a private business, sniff, what to do?!?! I never!"

                              nah bitch, you been telling us for MONTHS now how the government must shut us down and we must report our neighbors


                              Up is difficult, down is dangerous

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