President Trump is poised to sign an executive order this morning aimed at social media companies, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The move comes a day after Twitter incurred the President’s unpleasant wrath by affixing a “fact-check” warning on one of the president’s tweets for the first time, which has sparked the latest skirmish.
White House Correspondent Jeff Mason reports:
No further details have emerged from the White House. In response to the story, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said in an interview with the Daily Caller “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this… I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
The statement from Zuckerberg itself is laughable, as they frequently do act as the arbiter of truth. We have a page full of strikes that demonstrates this very thing. Try talking about the transgendered issue from a biblical world view, and whether a man can become a woman, and see whether or not Facebook steps in to “arbitrate” the truth of that statement.
Late Wednesday evening Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded:
Conservatives have longed believed that their voices are being stifled and that social media companies have too much power and control over the spread of information, which they have wielded to unjust effect. We personally here are Pulpit & Pen News have experienced this, as we have seen our spread and reach kneecapped to the point of standing on bloody stumps due to Facebook’s algorithmic machinations.
Trump, for his part, has been on a screed these least few days, threatening a reckoning for these social media giants, a day which seems has finally come.