Trump: ‘Very Dangerous’ For Twitter, Facebook To Silence Voices
President Donald Trump said Monday it’s “very dangerous” for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to silence their users.
“I won’t mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you tomorrow,” Trump told Reuters.
Trump’s comments come just a few days after he criticized social media in a series of tweets on Aug. 18.
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”
The president went on to write in another tweet that censorship is a “very dangerous thing” and it’s “absolutely impossible to police.”
“If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all,” he continued in the same post.
“Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen,” Trump added. “Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”
The president’s comments follow some of the world’s biggest tech giants’ censorship and removal of popular conservative voices on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which is owned by Google’s owner Alphabet. (RELATED: Trump Campaign Manager: Big Tech ‘Is Actively Trying To Silence’ Conservatives)
Facebook removed videos from PragerU, a conservative nonprofit founded by radio host Dennis Prager, on Friday claiming the videos violated its policies on “hate speech,” The Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Twitter brought in on July 30 teams of liberal academics who label themselves to be a part of the “resistance” to Trump’s presidency to fight “hate speech,” TheDCNF reported.
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