TRENDING: Trump To Sign Executive Order Against Social Media Firms
US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order targeting social media firms, the White House has said.
White House spokeswomen Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah told reporters aboard Air Force One that the president will be signing an executive order “pertaining to social media” but gave no additional details.
Trump earlier on Wednesday said that he will “strongly regulate” or even “close down” social media platforms, one day after Twitter flagged two of his posts.
The president made the vow on Twitter after the social media platform added a message to the tweets that linked to a page disputing the accuracy of his posts.
Trump had tweeted without providing evidence: "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent."
Twitter added a warning label to the post and linked to a page that described the claims as "unsubstantiated".
Trump, in response to Twitter fact-checking his tweets, tweeted Tuesday: "@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"
Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey responded to criticism of the platform's fact-checking policies in a series of posts, saying: "We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally."
Twitter has tightened its policies in recent years as it faced criticism that its hands-off approach was helping fake accounts and misinformation to thrive.
Some of America's biggest technology companies have also been accused of anti-competitive practices and violating their users' privacy. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon face antitrust probes by federal and state authorities and a US congressional panel.