Trump slams social media firms for ‘silencing millions’
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