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For the first time since Presidents have been on Twitter, a President was “fact-checked” by the company. Trump is set to announce an executive order against social media companies, according to CNN.
In a tweet about mail-in-ballot fraud, Twitter decided to put a disclaimer on Trump’s tweet giving links to liberal mainstream media articles disputing Trump’s claims.
Of course, Twitter went crazy on both sides of the political spectrum. The left cheered and praised Twitter’s decision to spread misinformation during an election season. The right condemned Twitter’s actions and is threatening to cause a mass #twexit (Twitter exit).
Like I have said before, these tech giants have forgotten that conservatives use their platform too. We make up 40-50% of Twitter users, and Trump is a big reason most of us use the platform.
We have known for a while that social media companies specifically target conservatives. Most of our posts on Facebook get flagged for trivial reasons, and our ability to reach all of our followers is snuffed out daily.
It has always felt like you could silence the regular Joe, but they could never go after the President. Jack Dorsey, Founder and CEO of Twitter changed that by adding his very biased disclaimer at the bottom of Trump’s tweet.
Yoel Roth is the “head of site integrity” at Twitter, meaning he is in charge of “fact-checking.”
This person is the “head of site integrity” at Twitter pic.twitter.com/hyZcl5VIe0
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 27, 2020
It shouldn’t shock you that this guy is a Never-Trumper, who has made many derogatory remarks about Trump and conservatives on Twitter. This is the person we are supposed to trust when sending independent sources out about election information?
In response to the shadow banning of conservative voices and now trying to control information coming from the President of the United States, all social media are on notice. On the flight back to DC, President Trump’s Press Secretary announced that changes to social media would be on the horizon in the form of an executive order.
We have no other information, other than this tweet from Donald Trump, saying that “This will be a Big Day for Social Media FAIRNESS!”
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
I am very excited about the possibility of a level playing field, especially on an election year. These social media companies survived because of the protection that Sec. 230 gives them, but if Trump strips that away we will all be in uncharted territory.
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