Trump says Twitter and other social media platforms are ‘colluding’ to silence Republicans

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are discriminating against conservatives and other Republicans, and accused the companies of colluding with each other to limit online speech.

‘We use the word “collusion” very loosely all the time,’ Trump said during a joint press conference with Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro, ‘and I will tell you there is collusion with respect to that because something has to be going on.’

Trump’s White House social media manager Dan Scavino complained Monday that Facebook was preventing him from interacting with people who leave comments on his personal page. 

And the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. wrote in an op-ed that ‘Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives’ has become ‘ever more flagrant and overt.’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes social media companies are 'colluding' to limit conservatives' public exposure

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes social media companies are 'colluding' to limit conservatives' public exposure

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes social media companies are ‘colluding’ to limit conservatives’ public exposure

Trump made his commnts during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, specifically naming Twitter and Facebook

Trump made his commnts during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, specifically naming Twitter and Facebook

Trump made his commnts during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, specifically naming Twitter and Facebook

The president also mentioned Google earlier in the day, naming the search giant as a company that's 'on the side of the Radical Left Democrats'

The president also mentioned Google earlier in the day, naming the search giant as a company that's 'on the side of the Radical Left Democrats'

The president also mentioned Google earlier in the day, naming the search giant as a company that’s ‘on the side of the Radical Left Democrats’

The president appeared to agree. ‘It seems to be if they’re conservative, if they’re Republicans, if they’re in a certain group, there’s discrimination, and big discrimination, and I see it absolutely on Twitter and Facebook … and others,’ he said Tuesday.

‘We have to do something,’ the president said.

‘Things are happening, names are taken off, people aren’t getting through. You’ve heard the same complaints,’ he said, referring to what conservatives have called ‘shadow-banning.

Trump claimed that executives at social media companies harbor ‘hatred’ in many cases, toward ‘a certain group of people that happen to be in power, that happen to have won the election.’

‘I do think we have to get to the bottom of it,’ the president added, without suggesting any actions he might take.

He also renewed his attacks on traditional media, including TV networks and their newscasts. 

Scavino’s experience with Facebook enraged Trump, according to a White House official. 

President Trump's longtime social media manager, Dan Scavino, is also his director of Oval Office operations; Scavino found himself on Monday locked out of commenting on his own Facebook posts

President Trump's longtime social media manager, Dan Scavino, is also his director of Oval Office operations; Scavino found himself on Monday locked out of commenting on his own Facebook posts

President Trump’s longtime social media manager, Dan Scavino, is also his director of Oval Office operations; Scavino found himself on Monday locked out of commenting on his own Facebook posts

Scavino complained top Facebook and the company says it has apologized, but insisted his temporary loss of access was not driven by ideology or by who he works for

Scavino complained top Facebook and the company says it has apologized, but insisted his temporary loss of access was not driven by ideology or by who he works for

Scavino complained top Facebook and the company says it has apologized, but insisted his temporary loss of access was not driven by ideology or by who he works for

‘Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA,’ the president tweeted Tuesday morning. 

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Scavino, a longtime Trump aide, posted a screen shot Monday night of a message from Facebook saying he was temporarily blocked from making public comments because some of his comments had been reported as spam.

‘AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!??’ an incensed Scavino wrote. 

‘People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me???’

Trump has more than 59 million Twitter followers; the idea that the social platform would limit the number of people who can see his daily posts incensed him on Monday, according to a White House official

Trump has more than 59 million Twitter followers; the idea that the social platform would limit the number of people who can see his daily posts incensed him on Monday, according to a White House official

Trump has more than 59 million Twitter followers; the idea that the social platform would limit the number of people who can see his daily posts incensed him on Monday, according to a White House official

Facebook said the issue was an ‘unintended consequence’ of its spam policy, and claimed in a statement that it had apologized for what it called an ‘inconvenience.’

‘I will be looking into this!’ the president boomed in a tweet. 

Trump Jr., meanwhile, blasted social platforms more explicitly in an essay for The Hill, an inside-the-beltway political newspaper.

‘Left unchecked, Big Tech and liberal activists could construct a private ‘social credit’ system — not unlike what the communists have nightmarishly implemented in China — that excludes outspoken conservatives from wide swaths of American life simply because their political views differ from those of tech executives,’ he wrote.

On Twitter, Trump Jr. reacted to Scavino’s Facebook hassle: ‘As I’ve been saying. This is a disgusting abuse of power, and of course it only goes one way.’

Donald Trump Jr. slammed tech companies like Twitter in an op-ed on Monday, complaining that they 'shadowban' conservatives

Donald Trump Jr. slammed tech companies like Twitter in an op-ed on Monday, complaining that they 'shadowban' conservatives

Donald Trump Jr. slammed tech companies like Twitter in an op-ed on Monday, complaining that they ‘shadowban’ conservatives

Don Jr. reacted to Scavino's Facebook beef by saying it's a problem only conservatives seem to have

Don Jr. reacted to Scavino's Facebook beef by saying it's a problem only conservatives seem to have

Don Jr. reacted to Scavino’s Facebook beef by saying it’s a problem only conservatives seem to have

California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Twitter and some of its users for defamation and 'shadow-banning'

California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Twitter and some of its users for defamation and 'shadow-banning'

California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Twitter and some of its users for defamation and ‘shadow-banning’

Separately, a prominent Republican congressman sued Twitter for ‘shadow-banning conservatives’ on Monday, bringing the issue into sharper relief. 

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, seeks $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and some of its users.

Nunes alleged in his lawsuit that Twitter is guilty of ‘knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory — providing both a voice and financial incentive to the defamers — thereby facilitating defamation on its platform.’ 

Nunes named specific Twitter accounts in his legal complaint, including an accusation that a GOP consultant had ‘implied’ in tweets ‘that Nunes colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts, that Nunes does cocaine, and that Nunes was involved in a ‘Russian money laundering front”.’

The lawsuit also names the accounts @DevinNunesMom and ‘Devin Nunes’ Cow,’ or @DevinCow as harrassing troublemakers. 

 

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