Friday, May 29, 2020

Trump against fact-checking Twitter

What else could surprise you about the manic antics of US President Donald Trump?
Well, the  latest, of course, is his ire with Twitter for fact-checking his lies.

He wasn't amused. So, in retaliation, he is expected to sign an executive order redefining the legal protections given to social media platforms.
It means platforms such as Facebook and Twitter could be sued if they are judged to "deceptively" block posts.
The draft of the executive order says social networks are engaged in "selective censorship".
Meanwhile,it was reported that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is refusing to back down over fact-checking in the face of relentless criticism from the White House. 
The Daily Beast reports:
Dorsey’s company has become the target of Trump’s fury after it added a disclaimer to one of his tweets earlier this week. 
First, Trump threatened to close down social-media companies who he thinks are “show bias” against conservatives, and it was reported late Wednesday (May 27,  2020) that he will sign an executive order to remove important legal protections from sites like Twitter and Facebook. 
In a series of tweets, Dorsey wrote that Twitter will “continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.” 
He added: “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.” 

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