BEIJING, May 29 (UPI) — Tech industry groups on Thursday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order against social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook, warning that the order was issued to protect free speech, but that it could ultimately stifle it,media reported.
“Conservatives should be very concerned that future administrations will follow Trump’s lead, crack down on social media and suppress political discourse,” NetChoice President Steve DelBianco said in a statement ahead of the order’s official release. NetChoice is an organization that represents companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and TikTok.
Industry insiders warn that Mr. Trump’s order is ostensibly intended to protect free speech, but it will ultimately have the opposite effect.
Conservatives have long accused Silicon Valley companies of political bias and deleted their comments on social media. Social media companies, however, have repeatedly denied the claims, sometimes apologizing after deleting some of the content, canceling the decision to delete the content, and saying their content review process was negligent and erroneous.
Twitter took a more lenient approach to the leader’s tweets than the average user, but twitter’s first fact-checking of Trump’s tweets on Tuesday angered Mr. Trump and his allies. Twitter said in a fact-checking link that Mr. Trump “mistakenly claimed that mailing ballots would lead to ‘election rigging’, but fact-checkers said there was no evidence that mailing ballots were necessarily linked to electoral fraud.” “
After the tweet was tagged with fact-checking, Trump said on Twitter: “Twitter is killing free speech, and as president, I will not allow this to happen.” “
As for Facebook, they take a different approach to political rhetoric, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying social media companies should not fact-check politicians’ statements. But despite this, Mr. Trump prefers to use Twitter to post his everyday ideas. (Line Cloud)