As the elections get closer, the war between social media platforms and Trump intensifies. After Twitter put the fact-check label on two of Trump’s tweets, the President decided the site needed some sort of a warning sign and so he will soon release an executive order that will “regulate” social media.
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Fox News brought Twitter’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth and senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway on a common platform to discuss the issue but the conversation got out of hand when Conway asked the viewers to harass Roth. This obviously worked against Trump and his team as Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey took the matter in his own hands.
“Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey tweeted. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.”
Dorsey also said that there was a reason behind putting the labels on Trump’s tweets because they “may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot.”
Previously, when the social media sites were questioned about the campaigning, Roth made it clear that no one would be spared from the fact check filter that was initially imposed to stop the spread of misinformation regarding coronavirus.
However, since Trump has never been denied anything, he felt that conservative voices were being “silenced” and said that as the current President, he needs to “strongly regulate” social media companies or “close them down”. It would be interesting to note that both of these statements were made on Twitter, a site he is apparently planning to “close down”.
Mark Zuckerberg was also questioned about Twitter’s decision to label the tweets but Facebook’s strong connection with the government was visible when Zuckerberg said that private companies should not be “the arbiter of truth”.
Dorsey did not mention Zuckerberg’s name but he did address the phrase “arbiter of truth” made by Facebook’s CEO.
“Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” Dorsey tweeted.
Trump usually gets away with all the content that any other user would be banned for but this time around the elections, Twitter has made it clear that the company wouldn’t favor anyone unnecessarily.
The overall stats tell us that Trump has lied over 3300 times on Twitter as reported by The Washington Post. So, this is the first time the site has taken any action against him and we hope it isn’t the last.