President Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Twitter, Other Social Media

Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on May 28, 2020.

Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on May 28, 2020.

President Trump has made good on his promise to strike back at Twitter. Thursday the President signed an executive order targeting social media companies.

Trump is upset about Twitter fact-checking his recent tweets about concerns regarding mail-in voting and possible voter fraud. As Attorney General William Barr stood nearby in the Oval Office, the President said his executive order deals with one of the "greatest threats to free speech."

"What they choose to fact-check or ignore is nothing more than political activism," he argued. Trump said Twitter, Facebook, and Google have "unchecked power." He called it "very very unfair" and labeled it "censorship and bias."

The executive order targets a rule which provides to social media platforms immunity from liability for posts made on those platforms. Trump acknowledge that it will likely be challenged in court, but he added that the American people should not be bullied by social media giants.

The President was asked if he would consider deleting his Twitter account, and said he would think about making that move.

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