And all because Twitter hurt his feelings..
Ever since Donald Trump won his presidency, it’s fair to say that Twitter has been one of his favourite platforms. The US president uses it to update not just ordinary American citizens, but also members of congress about the latest thats going on in the White House.
It’s safe to say however, that that’s no longer the case since Tuesday, when the social media platform pretty much decided it’s had enough with being pressured from all corners about the free rein that Trump has on the platform.
If you head on over to Trump’s Twitter profile now, you’ll see a fake news label exclusively for some of his tweets that the platform feels is misleading, which is fair enough, right? Well, don’t ask Trump because, as you’d imagine, he is not happy.
Trump has (ironically) taken to Twitter to express his displeasure at the new measures, going as far as threatening to invoke Beijing like regulations on the platform and even shutting it down should Twitter continue down this path.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” he tweeted. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.”
Of course, the president is referring to the role that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook played in the 2016 election. He then went on to reiterate his belief that mail-in ballots are fraudulent (which was what got him that label in the first place). Tsk tsk tsk.
Funnily enough, right after he threatened to “strongly regulate or close down” social media platforms, the president took to tweeting like as if nothing ever happened. One of his next tweets is literally just this:
Yup. That being said, surely Trump wouldn’t naive enough to think that Americans would be ok with social media regulation. The west has given Beijing a hard time about how closely it regulates the social media sphere in the country, to do the same would surely be presidential suicide, wouldn’t it?
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