Trump slams so­cial me­dia firms for ‘si­lenc­ing mil­lions’

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WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump crit­i­cised so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies yes­ter­day, say­ing with­out ev­i­dence that they had si­lenced “mil­lions of peo­ple” in an act of cen­sor­ship.

Trump was speak­ing at a Make Amer­ica Great Again rally at the Civic Cen­ter in Charleston, West Vir­ginia, on Tues­day. He did not men­tion any com­pa­nies by name.

That day, Face­book Inc, Twit­ter Inc and Al­pha­bet Inc re­moved hun­dreds of ac­counts tied to an al­leged Ira­nian pro­pa­ganda op­er­a­tion, while Face­book took down a sec­ond cam­paign it said was linked to Rus­sia.

“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! (stet)” Trump said.

Trump’s com­ments come as the so­cial me­dia in­dus­try faces mount­ing scrutiny from Congress over the polic­ing of for­eign pro­pa­ganda.

He has ex­pressed con­cern about the com­pa­nies’ ac­tions. – Reuters

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