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 yesterday on Trump’s return flight from Cape Canaveral to Washington, according to journalists traveling with him, that Trump will sign a social media order this Thursday. At first, no details were known. Trump had previously threatened to regulate or shut down social media because it suppressed conservative voices.
Jack Dorsey, the chief and founder of the platform, responded promptly to the US President’s allegations and wrote that the network wanted to continue the practice of verifying the truthfulness of tweets with questionable content and publicly displaying the results under the respective tweets.
The federal government’s startup officer, Thomas Jarzombek, also intervened this afternoon and wrote that Jack Dorsey and his company could come to Germany, because in Germany one could criticize the government and fight against fake news without any headwinds.
It remains 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.
Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night that major technology companies are doing everything in their power to censor before the November presidential election. “When that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let that happen! ”Trump is seeking a second term in November.
The US 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. Now the tech company seems to have had enough of the lies and hatred.
Trump wanted to attend the first manned flight test of a US space capsule in Cape Canaveral in almost nine years on Wednesday. The start was postponed to Saturday due to bad weather.
ph / with material from dpa