American President Donald Trump Declares Twitter

American President Donald Trump Twitter Declares to Fight:

After warning two of his tweets, the US president threatens to shut down Twitter and other providers. A presidential order is in preparation. Twitter CEO Dorsey sees no mistake.

Donald Trump's threat reads martially on Twitter. The US president wrote there on Wednesday that he could imagine closing social media providers entirely or at least heavily regulating them if they curtailed the right to freedom of expression.

His spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany later told journalists travelling on a flight from Florida to Washington that the president was planning to sign a kind of order that could be directed against providers such as Twitter, Facebook and Google. She didn't reveal exactly what should be regulated in it. In any case, he could sign the document this Thursday.

Spokeswoman McEnany gave the same reason for this as Donald Trump in his tweet: Republicans have the feeling that "social media platforms completely suppress the conservative voices".

On the contrary, it is true that some providers have deleted some contributions and rarely entire accounts of the worst conspiracy theorists. So far, people from the far-right spectrum have been increasingly affected.

President Donald Trump responded by threatening that Twitter had warned two of his tweets for the first time on Tuesday.

Users who click on the note go to a fact check page compiled by the company. Donald Trump had incorrectly claimed in the two contested tweets that postal voting almost automatically leads to electoral fraud.

Twitter clarified this but did not delete the tweets. Donald Trump has since repeated the claim on Twitter.

At the beginning of May, Twitter had announced that it would extend a coronavirus misinformation rule that had been in place since March to other topics. Donald Trump was affected by this for the first time.

The New York Times reports that while Trump is far from closing one of the companies in the short term. With his decree, he seems to want to hit the social media companies hard elsewhere.

According to two Donald Trump administration employees, they should lose the legal privilege of over 25 years of not being able to be largely sued for content that users disseminate on their platforms. 

This step is to be justified on the allegation that these companies would hinder freedom of expression. However, the decree is still being worked on and could still change.

If so, the decree is likely to end up in courts. Until a final decision is reached, the previous rule is likely to remain in force.

Donald Trump's interest in closing Twitter and other platforms immediately should not be particularly pronounced.

He has 80 million followers on Twitter alone, which means he won't be able to do without it so quickly.

However, should he ultimately prevail with his decree, the companies would be legally responsible for all content on their platforms. That could make your business model potentially impossible.

Twitter and Facebook bosses comment on the events:

The warnings also put Twitter in a difficult position. So far, at least Twitter has left it with a fact check reference to Trump's two posts on the topic of postal voting.

The President makes false claims in many tweets. If the company leaves the two warnings, it falls into a credibility trap. If it regularly warns of Trump's tweets from now on, Twitter risks losing its previously neutral position.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has meanwhile commented on Trump's threat: The 43-year-old wrote that he was ultimately solely responsible for the conduct of his company and asked: The company will continue to respond to false information regarding elections - "worldwide".

This would not make Twitter the "master of the truth", but it is about creating transparency so that Twitter users can decide for themselves what information they believe.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg also commented on the processes that affect his platforms. He seemed to want to make sure his message got through to the White House.

Facebook and other platforms should not be "arbitrators of the truth," he said. However, it was also not an "appropriate reaction" if Trump reacted to a fact check of his tweets with censorship. At the time, he didn't know what Trump's plans were.


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