On Wednesday, just one day after Twitter started verifying the content of his messages, the U.S. President Donald Trump accused social media of silencing conservative voices and threatened to regulate or shut them down.
“We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery, and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, social media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!,” he stressed.
On Tuesday, Twitter linked a Trump’s message disqualifying mail-in ballot with verified information which contradicts what he had posted. This is a common procedure on Twitter, although this social network had not previously applied it to the U.S. president.
WE NOW HAVE A TRUMP DEATH CLOCK:
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) May 27, 2020
The Republican politician posted a message in which he assured that mail-in ballot in the upcoming presidential elections would inevitably have fraudulent consequences and lead to rigged elections.
Trump was reacting to Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to mail ballots to all registered voters in California as an exceptional measure in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Twitter is the most used social network by Trump, through which he communicates directly with his eighty million followers without going through the traditional media filter.