Prior to departing for Florida to observe a space launch that was delayed due to bad weather, Trump once again blamed Twitter Inc and other social media applications of bias without providing proof. It was not instantly coherent if President Trump has the power to shut down these companies.
White House authorities informed that today the U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies. Trump jeopardized to close down the social media platform as he was blamed for stifling conservative voices.
On Wednesday, while traveling with President Trump to Washington from Florida aboard Air Force One, White House officials told this news to the reporters without giving out any further information. Earlier in the day on 27th May, before departing for Florida to observe a space launch that was delayed owing to unfavorable weather conditions, Trump once again accused Twitter Inc and other social media of bias without giving any proof. It was not instantly clearly understood if Trump has the power to close down these companies.
Twitter denied expressing an opinion on this news focusing on Trump’s plans. Facebook and Google too did not promptly remark. The American Civil Liberties Union stated that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution restricts any steps that Trump could take to control social media platforms. On Wednesday in Washington, an independent three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals supported the rejection of a suit brought by a conservative group and right-wing YouTube personality against Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple claiming that they plotted to curb conservative political views. Trump’s recent conflict with social media began after Twitter lined a warning to a few of his tweets, for the very first time, thus suggesting readers to fact check the president’s allegations. In the tweets tagged by Twitter, Trump made baseless allegations about mail-in voting. Trump wrongly asserts that mail-in ballots cause vote fraud and ineligible voters getting ballots.
President Trump mentioned in a series of tweets on Wednesday that “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,” The president, a significant Twitter user with beyond 80 million followers then added: “Clean up your act, NOW!!!! STRONGEST THREAT YET.” Trump’s warning to close down social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook is his robust yet within a wider conservative backlash against Big Tech.
The shares of both companies declined on Wednesday. The White House broadcasted an outline of a proposed executive order about anti-conservative bias in the previous year which never got any traction. The Internet Association, inclusive of Twitter and Facebook amongst other members, stated that online platforms do not have a political inclination, and they provide “more people a chance to be heard than at any point in history.” Upon being asked during Twitter’s annual meeting about why the company determined to attach the label to Trump’s mail-in ballot tweets, General Counsel Sean Edgett mentioned that decisions about managing misleading information are taken as a team.
Lately, Twitter has tightened its policies amidst the review that its hands-off approach permitted fake accounts and misinformation to advance. Tech companies have been blamed concerning anti-competitive practices and for breaching user confidentiality.