- President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would close Twitter if his lawyers could find a way to do it.
- The president's comments came when he signed an executive order trying to fight Twitter and other social media companies for allegations of censorship and conservative bias.
- After signing the decision, which emphasized his "commitment to a free and open debate on the Internet," Trump said on Twitter: "I think we closed it as far as I'm concerned, but I should go." through a legal process. If it could be shut down legally, I would. "
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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would close Twitter if his lawyers could find a way to do it.
"I think we closed it as far as I'm concerned, but I would have to go through a lawsuit," the president told reporters. "If it could be shut down legally, I would."
Trump's comments came shortly after he signed an executive order trying to fight Twitter and other social media companies for allegations of bias and censorship against conservatives.
Trump signed the order two days after Twitter provided two of his tweets with fact-checking links – the first of its kind – and made false claims about the voting via email.
According to a leaked draft of the document, Trump emphasized his "commitment to a free and open debate on the Internet".
"Such a debate is just as important online as it is at our universities, in our companies, in our newspapers and in our homes," the draft says. "In a country where freedom of expression has long been valued, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to manually select speech that Americans can access and deliver online."
When asked on Thursday whether he would delete his Twitter account, Trump said: "If we had a fair press in this country, I would do it immediately," adding that his social media presence enables him reach more people.
The president doubled his prejudice after Twitter checked his tweets this week claiming that mail-in ballots in California were "essentially fraudulent" and would result in a "rigged election".
Twitter & # 39; s Alert linked to a "moments" page entitled "Trump makes unsubstantiated claims that postal ballot papers will lead to election fraud", which lists a number of facts that contradict his claims.
It noted the lack of evidence to support the allegation that postal ballot papers are linked to electoral fraud, and noted that only registered voters can receive ballot papers and that several states other than California use postal ballot papers.
Trump accused the social media platform of "interfering in the 2020 presidential election" and said he would not allow Twitter to suppress freedom of speech.
Twitter later worked out on his decision to review the President's tweets, adding that the labels were added as "part of our effort to enforce our policy of civil integrity".
"We believe these tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to get a ballot and participate in the election process," said Twitter.
Despite the president's threats, First Amendment experts say he is not authorized to regulate or shut down social media companies because he disagrees with them.
Technology policy experts repeated this assessment, explaining to business insiders that parts of the executive regulation were not legal at all, while other sections would require agencies to remove years of precedent.