President Trump on Friday blasted efforts from social media companies to “censor” controversial messages and clamp down on “fake news,” urging tech companies to allow Americans to figure out the truth for themselves.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2018
Trump’s remarks on social media censorship also come the same day that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faces a deadline from House lawmakers to decide whether to testify next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee over questions of conservative censorship or face a subpoena.
Lawmakers including committee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) are demanding answers over accusations that Twitter officials “shadow-banned” some conservatives due to their political viewpoints, a process that hides a user’s post from followers without their knowledge.
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