Trump rants against Facebook, Twitter and defends full-blown conspiracy theorists as 'conservative thinkers'
- President Donald Trump on Friday accused social-media platforms of censoring several outspoken conspiracy theorists and far-right figures, some of whom pushed baseless conspiracies and frequently post pro-Trump content.
- Trump suggested that a bans targeting the far-right personalities were attributed to the political biases from the leaders of the social-media companies.
- "It's getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media," Trump said in a tweet.
- Trump's claim comes on the heels of Facebook's announcement that it was banning numerous controversial personalities from its platform.
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President Donald Trump on Friday accused social-media platforms of censoring several outspoken conspiracy theorists and far-right figures, some of whom pushed baseless conspiracies and frequently post pro-Trump content."I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms," Trump tweeted on Friday. "This is the United States of America - and we have what's known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!"
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"The wonderful Diamond and Silk have been treated so horribly by Facebook," Trump tweeted. "They work so hard and what has been done to them is very sad - and we're looking into.Trump went on to suggest the bans were a result of political biases from the leaders of social-media platforms.Companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been scrutinized by far-right figures of late.
"It's getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media," Trump said in his tweet, adding later that he was "so surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook!"
Actor James Woods' Twitter account was previously locked for tweeting a hoax meme against Democrats. Infowars contributor Paul Watson frequently posts controversial content on Twitter and YouTube.Trump's claim comes on the heels of Facebook's announcement that it was banning the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones; the alt-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos; far-right vloggers Watson and Laura Loomer; Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite; and the conspiracy blog Infowars.
Facebook said it was banning the users for promoting or engaging "violence and hate, regardless of ideology."
"The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.Representatives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc., and Twitter previously defended their practices before a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
"Giving preference to content of one political ideology over another would fundamentally conflict with our goal of providing services that work for everyone," Juniper Downs, YouTube's public policy and government relations chief, said in a congressional hearing in July.
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