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May 27, 2020, 1:36 p.m. EDT

Trump threatens to ‘close’ social-media platforms as he fights with Twitter

President says new fact-check alert on his vote-by-mail tweets amounts to a stifling of free speech

By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch


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President Donald Trump escalated an attack on social-media giants on Wednesday, threatening to “close them down” a day after Twitter Inc. marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time.

Using his own Twitter (NYS:TWTR)  account, Trump said: “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.”

Twitter declined to comment about the president’s threat.

Now see: ‘Totally absurd and legally illiterate’ — Harvard law prof on Trump’s charge Twitter is stifling free speech.

On Tuesday, Twitter said Trump’s tweets about voting by mail “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

Read: Twitter adds fact-check warning label to Trump’s tweets for first time

Also: Biden campaign names national director for voter protection

The Trump campaign accused the company of “clear political bias.”

Wednesday’s threat wasn’t the first time Trump has gone after social-media companies, or Twitter in particular. He has in the past charged Google (NAS:GOOG)   (NAS:GOOGL)  search results for news about him contained only “fake” news, and said Twitter “should be sued” over “what’s happening with the bias.”

Tuesday night, Trump tweeted that Twitter is stifling free speech, “and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

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