Following Donald Trump’s upset about the short message service Twitter, the White House has announced a presidential injunction on social media.
A White House spokeswoman said on Trump’s return flight from Cape Canaveral, journalists accompanying the trip said Trump would sign a social media ruling this Thursday. At first, no details were known. Trump previously threatened to regulate or shut down social media because it suppressed conservative voices.
It remained unclear on what legal basis the government could undertake such regulation. The background is that the short message service Twitter – Trump’s preferred platform – had subjected the president’s tweet to a fact check for the first time on Wednesday. Trump had claimed in his Twitter message that absentee voting encouraged election fraud, which the fact check found to be misleading. Trump then accused Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election in November.
The U.S. President is followed by more than 80 million people on Twitter – an audience built up over years that he cannot quickly transfer to another service. The short message service has been repeatedly accused of not acting against Trump’s false, misleading or offensive tweets. Most recently, criticism has been raised that Trump is fueling a conspiracy theory about an alleged murder on Twitter, although the victim’s widower pleads to refrain from doing so.