Trump signs order to remove protection for social media

A clash between President Donald Trump and Twitter has escalated in recent days but more fireworks may be coming if the platform uses additional moderation tools

The White House thumbed its nose at Twitter on Friday by reposting a President Donald Trump tweet that the social media giant had just taken the unprecedented step of hiding, because it violated the platform's rules. Unsurprisingly, Trump's actions come less than a day after Twitter began putting warning labels on tweets that are "unsubstantiated" and lacking evidence.

In the same tweet about the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, Trump denounced some of the demonstrators as "THUGS".

Earlier this week, after Twitter fact-checked two of United States president Donald Trump's posts, an outcry was prompted from the conservatives.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighs in on President Trump's public spat with Twitter over its fact-checking policy during an interview airing Thursday on Fox News Channel's "The Daily Briefing".

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday denounced President Donald Trump's incendiary tweets concerning the civil unrest in Minneapolis, saying that the president was "directing the national guard to murder protestors".

This isn't the first time Twitter has had to do so with Trump's tweet, but many people, including Ayesha Curry, saw this before the popular social media network could censor it.

The tweets made a series of claims about state-led mail-in voting services, an issue Trump has railed against in recent weeks, cnbc.com reported.

Twitter slapped a warning label on a tweet from President Donald Trump and a similar one from the White House which the company said violated its policy of
Trump dumps Executive Order on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and the Internet

"This tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today".

"Attempts to unilaterally erode it threaten the future of online speech and Internet freedoms", Twitter said.

That law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is essential to large social platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, the kind of companies the president has long accused, without evidence, of engaging in anti-conservative censorship.

Twitter has applied a fact check tag to at least two posts by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian, both of which advanced questions about whether the Covid-19 virus began in the U.S. rather than China.

We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet from @realdonaldtrump.

The video of Floyd's death has now caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and all over the country.

"If you haven't already joined the work to replace him in November, start now", she added.

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