Trump blasts 'social media' for 'silencing' conservative voices

Leroy Wright
August 20, 2018

After lambasting certain mainstream media houses for producing what he calls "fake news" for quite some time now, US President Donald Trump has now accused social media platforms of discriminating against Republican and conservative voices. And it involves both sides. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don't watch at all", before concluding, "Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that can not be allowed to happen. He wants the sites to welcome all kinds of content (good and bad) and let people decide on their own.

In other words, having graduated from merely tweeting to obsessively ruminating on the labyrinthine, never-ending series of injustices inflicted upon him and his fellow conservative tweeters by the social media bigwigs, Trump has graduated from being one who posts to being A Poster.

"Censorship is a very unsafe thing & absolutely impossible to police", Trump tweeted.

Trump's Saturday morning tweets come as companies have been working to ban right-wing "Infowars" conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms. He also made his oft-repeated reference to news organizations - in this case, CNN and MSNBC - as "fake news", and suggested that there should be no controls on social media.

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Facebook said the pages were taken down for "glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

The President's grievance comes as Facebook, Google and Apple take steps to remove Jones-related content. Twitter suspended the facts-challenged radio host for a week.

The focus of the debate on this issue has shifted a little over the weekend, as the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, admitted his staff leaned left, but emphasized that his company his careful to avoid letting that to translate into any operational bias.

"Are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? We look at behavior". Several other democracies have accepted increasing limitations on free speech in recent decades.

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