President Trump earlier threatened to put regulations or even shut down social media sites, including Twitter, after the latter labeled the president’s tweets with fact-checks.
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order “pertaining to social media” shortly, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Wednesday.
McEnany first said it was not clear whether the president would sign it right on the plane while flying from the Kennedy Space Centre, or when he returns to the White House, but White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah later confirmed the order is to be signed on Thursday.
President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that social platforms are trying to censor Americans ahead of the November election, adding that they did the same in 2016.
Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
On Tuesday, Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election for applying fact-check labels to two of the president’s tweets claiming that mail-in ballots would lead to “cheating” in November’s election. He then signaled that “big action” will follow.
Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020