July 6, 2020

Trump to sign social media order after Twitter feud



US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media on Thursday 48 hours after Twitter began verifying the content of some of the president’s messages, the White House reported.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany announced the president’s intentions to reporters, but did not offer details on the content of the order.

Twitter linked this Tuesday for the first time a message from Trump with verified information that contradicted what the president had published, a common procedure on the social network but that until now had resisted applying to the president.

Trump then accused Twitter of interference in the elections to the White House and said he was not going to allow him to censor his “freedom of expression”, while this Wednesday he already advanced his intention to “regulate or close” social networks.

The Twitter alert came after Trump shared a message saying that voting by mail in the November presidential election would inevitably have fraudulent consequences and would lead to rigged elections.

The president thus reacted to the decision of California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, to mail ballots to all registered voters in the state as an exceptional measure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Access the data on the vote by mail here”, was the message that, in blue and preceded by an exclamation point, Twitter embedded under Trump’s tweets.

By clicking on the alert, the social network redirects to another page within the platform in which it appears in bold letters: “Trump assures without proof that voting by mail will lead to electoral fraud”, and media sources are cited as CNN and the Washington Post.

Twitter is the most used social network by Trump, through which he communicates directly with his supporters without going through the traditional media filter, and where he accumulates more than eighty million followers.

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