President Donald Trump attacked social media companies for censoring content and advocated for total free speech on the internet in a Friday morning tweet.
Social Media Giants are silencing millions of people. Can’t do this even if it means we must continue to hear Fake News like CNN, whose ratings have suffered gravely. People have to figure out what is real, and what is not, without censorship!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
Trump’s tweet appears to be in response to an early morning interview on “Fox & Friends” in which a man’s popular Facebook page was shut down. The man claimed his page was seized by Facebook for its own business purposes who tried to hijack its reach.
Social media censorship has become a hot-button issue amongst conservatives as campaigns continue to silence certain voices and media outlets. Facebook, Apple, and other platforms recently banned Alex Jones’s Infowars because of his past amplification of conspiracy theories that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged.
PragerU, another conservative Facebook page, recently saw some of its videos blocked by the platform.
“The videos in question were mistakenly removed. While we continue to research what caused this error, we have restored the content because it does not break our Community Standards and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” a Facebook spokesman said after the incident.