This Tuesday, President Donald Trump held a press conference at the White House Rose Garden, in which he suggested that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have colluded with each other to discriminate against Republicans, The Hill reports.
“We use the word collusion very loosely all the time. And I will tell you there is collusion with respect to that. Something has to be going on. You see the level, in many cases, of hatred for a certain group of people that happened to be in power, that happened to win the election.’’ He added: “Something is happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook and Google and Twitter and I do think we have to get to the bottom of it.”
This is not the first time Trump entered a feud with the social media platforms, but this certainly is an escalation in the criticism, even though Trump uses Twitter all the time for promotion of his policies. He said that Twitter is different than it used to be.
“We have to do something. I have many, many millions of followers on Twitter, and it’s different than it used to be. Things are happening. Names are taken off.’’ Trump added: “It’s big, big discrimination. I see it absolutely on Twitter.”
Other Republicans also stated that these social media giants favor liberals in front of conservatives. On this, Trump used Twitter this morning to write:
“Sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats.’’ There was no reply from the officials of Twitter, Facebook and Google on Trump’s tweet.
Trump also took a vow to look into a report that Dan Scavino, his social media director, was temporarily blocked from making public comments on one of his Facebook posts. All of this followed after Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sued Twitter for more than $250 million, alleging that the social media giant censors conservatives by “shadow-banning’’ them.