Within the past few days, President Donald Trump has sided with the argument that social media silences conservatives. Sources say that Trump’s recent tweets about the issued social media bans sparked from Alex Jones’ 7-day suspension from Twitter. Jones is a conservative podcast host and has been banned from Facebook, Google, and now Twitter, for hate speech.
Donald Trump tweeted 3 separate threads:
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”
“Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all.”
“Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen. Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”
The President makes the point that though he accuses CNN and MSNBC as fake news, he doesn’t attempt to obliterate their news stories. Jones’ is a far-right extremist that believes the US government planned the 9-11 attacks and that the Sandy Hook shooting was made up. Trump hasn’t commented on Jones’ ideologies.
Earlier this month, Trump celebrated Twitter’s new mission to filter content. He tweeted:
“Twitter is getting rid of fake accounts at a record pace. Will that include the Failing New York Times and propaganda machine for Amazon, the Washington Post, who constantly quote anonymous sources that, in my opinion, don’t exist – They will both be out of business in 7 years!”
Trump’s recent tweet provides us with his new perspective.
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