'Close them down': Trump threatens to regulate or shutter social media platforms after Twitter fact-checkby Madison Dibble
President Trump threatened to close social media companies following Twitter's decision to place a fact-checking alert below a few of his tweets.
On Wednesday morning, Trump posted a tweet noting that many conservatives feel censored by social media platforms. He said that Republicans will consider federal regulations or even closing down the platforms if the perceived censorship continues.
"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016," he wrote.
"We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!" he added.
On Tuesday evening, Twitter posted notices below Trump's tweets on mail-in voting deeming the content misleading. The notice linked to a page that outlined the "unsubstantiated" claim that the president made about mail-in voter fraud.
Trump responded on Tuesday night by accusing Twitter of trying to interfere with future elections and working to "stifle free speech."