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In a not-so-surprising move, Twitter suppresses President Trump’s tweets yet again. The social app accused him of sharing content that is “disputed” and “might be misleading.” But what did the President say? The president went on Twitter to show his displeasure on the conduct of elections in some areas. At 1:49 pm, he tweeted: “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed.”

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Soon as the tweet got out, Twitter went after the President. They placed a warning label on the president’s tweet. Twitter said his content is “disputed” and “might be misleading.”

Then, at 5:39, Trump sent another tweet. Twitter got on it immediately with the same accusation. What the President tweeted was: “We have claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (which won’t allow legal observers) the State of Georgia, and the State of North Carolina, each one of which has a BIG Trump lead. Additionally, we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact,…..there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has been widely reported!”

For at least five times on Election day, Twitter placed warning labels on the President’s tweets. But what did the President do except voice his unvarnished opinion? The question remains: does social media have the right to restrict free speech? If the President’s contents are a reflection of what he believed in, is it subject to censorship?

Democrats Egg On Twitter

Making matters worse, Democrats rode on Twitter’s actions. They renewed calls to suspend Trump’s account. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), called for Twitter to step in against Trump. He accused Trump of “posting lies and misinformation at a breathtaking clip.” The chair of the House antitrust subcommittee added, “It is a threat to our democracy and (Trump’s account) should be suspended until all the votes are counted.”

In its defense, the social media company said that they are following policy. They will label and restrict tweets that questioned the integrity of the election. A Twitter spokesperson said, “As votes are still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on Tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election broadly. This is in line with our Civic Integrity Policy and our recent guidance on labeling election results.”

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Latest in a Series of Clashes

The elections are but the latest in a series of clashes between Trump and Twitter. In May, Twitter began moderating Trump’s tweets. They claimed he violated the company’s “civic integrity policy.” 

Since then, Twitter began taking a more active role in monitoring the President’s tweets. The social platform would often slap a label on his tweets. often, the charges say that these violate rules about civic and election integrity. But, they allow the tweet to remain visible.  The company “determined it may be in the public’s interest in the Tweet to remain accessible.” Users can still read, retweet, comment, or like it.

Preventing Online Censorship

Trump fired back by saying the social media app policies conservative ideas. By May 28, the President signed an executive order “on Preventing Online Censorship.” This order opens companies to government regulations. This also exposes these companies to potential lawsuits over their site’s contents.

The President reiterated that “Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as free people.”

Free and Open Debate

The executive order noted that “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, the power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.”

“As President, I have made clear my commitment to free and open debate on the internet. Such debate is just as important online as it is in our universities, our town halls, and our homes.  It is essential to sustaining our democracy.”

Free Pass To End

Last October 30, Senate Republicans reiterated the political bias of tech companies. Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said that “The time has come for that free pass to end.” The committee warned these companies of upcoming challenges to decades-old legal protections. Without these, companies become liable for what users post on their platforms. Hopefully, that reduces incidences where Twitter suppresses Trump’s tweets.

Watch this Fox Business reports that Twitter, Facebook flag Trump’s election night post:

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Continuing an age-old debate, does Twitter have the right to censor free speech, especially someone as high as the President? Is it okay that Twitter suppresses Trump’s tweets? Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Susie says:

    free speech is a constitutional right! no company has the right to determine what can be broadcasted!! if its slander then they get sued. its just that easy!! those big tech companies have to be taught the law of the land and follow it! stop the macho need to control what the rest of the world can hear! its just wrong and it must be stopped..

  • Tim says:

    Freedom of espresso on is guaranteed in the constitution. No company can suppress it private or government institutions. Twitter must be held accountable for their acts of infringement of the 1st amendment.

  • Jacqueline says:

    The majority of news organizations are owned by democrats. They appear to have banded together to do whatever they could to discredit our President. That should not be allowed. I do believe President Trump has done a great deal to protect our country, increase jobs, save our investments and keep China at bay. I am so fearful of what the democrats will do with China since they are so connected. The strange thing about the election is that most of the people I know are voting republican and I know of only two people who were voting democratic…. I am shocked that the country would even consider voting in a candidate with issues like Biden.

  • Anonymous says:

    And to add to that Susie, it’s ironic for a platform built on coversation to be against conversation.

  • Waldon E Dufault says:

    Twitter is a private company not news media. As a private company they can do whatever they wish.

  • Mary says:

    Twitter is Socialist Like the news. Now I know I’ll never twit! ✌️

  • Ellen says:

    Free speech is free speech no matter who you are. If they are going to do it to one they need to do it to ALL. Not just the ones you don’t like or you get paid to stop it.

  • Brenda Henkle says:

    It’s a fact that if they dont agree with your post, it is removed.
    They should not be removed or censored. It’s our right as Americans, to free speech. Why shold they ever be able to suppress our comments. They have become a joke!
    Their company (Twitter, FB, Instagram, etc) should be removed or fined if the censor or remove because of their views.

  • Janice says:

    If these social media platforms were charging people to be on their list or subscribers to read/listen/view – like a newspaper or a magazine publisher, then they could pick and choose. But they are NOT. There is obvious corruption/pay-off between some congress people and these outfits. Bull$#IT. They want to suck up to the CCP, that’s their business, but they are in no position to force that down our throats. Freedom of speech was designed to give that freedom to any and all opinions, minority, fringe, or cultural approaches that are in core opposition to each other. What’s that old expression: if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen ? Say what you believe and prepare to be challenged – but not blackmailed, persecuted for it. If you are confident in your beliefs, then you should not be so touchy, fragile, brittle, or perpetually offended by every slight or invective – just say what you think and deal with it,

  • Jane lester says:

    I am just as shocked as you! Considering Biden is a Pedophile! Did you not see him? He had his hand on a little girl’s shoulder then pushed his hand down and touch her breast! Tried to kiss a little boy on the mouth! He’s all for Abortion and take our Gun rights away. He knows nothing about foreign affairs! Pretty sad when he does not know where he is at and calls the President another name! His Wife had to tell him to leave the stage, she said “come on Joe” Lord have mercy! This Man is NOT fit to

  • John says:

    I think they should be sued

  • Zippy says:

    Twitter, Facebook and google/YouTube suck and need to be brought to their knees. This is the kind of stuff the KGB did in Russia and will again as Putin moves into a roll he will not leave. They should all pay the price for what they e done to this country and should be broken up as monopolies. Im sick to death of wealthy democrat sycophants manipulating our information and shutting our voices. There will be an uprising that will be worse than anything antifa could ever think of. The left has pushed free thinkers too far.

  • AW says:

    Congress gave these platforms Section 230 protection from lawsuits for their user published posts and seeing how they now selectively censor should be more than enough reason for this lawsuit protection to be revoked NOW! Get with it Congress and get it done!

  • Laurie Shearer says:

    Wish we could cut your hands off!!! Leave Trump alone alone and let him speak!!! You should go back where you came from with your anti American views!!!!

  • Erin K Wolcott says:

    Twitter banned any account that went after Queen Nancy or any other Democrat…reason I dropped my Twitter Account…bias against Republicans and only favored comments by Democrats. I suggest that any supporter that voted for Trump, drop your Twitter Account…see how much money Twitter loses when this happens! Madcow the pinnacle of suppression of speak himself was the one that did not like my comment and reported it to Twitter when Queen Nancy was determined and succeeded in blocking any further Stimulus money!

  • Beatrice says:

    Every American has the right to express their opinions and not be judged or censored. Even if we don’t agree with one another, it’s important to share, have calm debates, and challenge eachother, so we can all learn, grow, and advance towards a less diverse nation.

  • Edna badman says:

    We All have freedom of speech

  • Jeffrey Malone says:

    We have the Rights that The Powerful Gov’t allows us to have. Facebook Only allows posts that they feel are within their standards.. Freedom of speech is allowed only when BIG Power allows it. I’m ashamed at the way our Rights are being Twisted to fit The Agenda…

  • Carol Christopherson says:

    Free speech for those who are on the looney left! They lie cheat etc they did what they accused trump of! Unreal we live in a country now that any would vote for criminals who can’t even speak!

  • Jackie Norton says:

    This is not the first time they censored free speech! Me and others have been censored for talking about God! Why wouldn’t they censor free speech? Because that’s what Democrats do!! KGB, Russia? This is Hitlers regime all over again, and what we will be dealing with if the Dems get in charge! It’s no wonder people are afraid of a civil war. The American People will not give up their right to bear arms! We aren’t Russia, or Germany, we are Americans!! WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!!

  • peter Luciano says:

    Freedom of speech is essential to our success in USA., The democrats control the newspapers, twitter, facebook instagram and the hate and bias generated when reporters present information to the public about the president.
    He is hated because he is doing a great job for America.
    Mail-in ballots should never been used because IT OPENS ITSELF TO THEFT AND BEING DISCARDED BY THOSE WHO OPEN IT if the person who voted chose a Republican vs. a democrat.
    This is not rocket science to figure out.
    WHAT MEASURES WERE IN PLACE TO SAFE GUARD THE MAIL IN BALLOTS when they arrived at the polling collection centers?
    Also, The mail in ballots sent out during the summer? Why? It gives the most dis-honet people time to invalidate the ballots and substitute it with one they prefer to fill out.
    Mail in ballots mailed out 6 months in advance gives anyone time to do the worst thing immanagible.
    The Covid-19 is an excuse that people would not be able to go out and vote. They did. .
    Republicans are smart…go in person to cast a ballot…never mail it in and then you have to question was my vote really counted.
    I support president Trump because he is ethical and is doing the best for our country.

  • Yvonne Silva says:

    I asked my friends and they agreed with you. They think that Twitter and all Silicon Valley invested $6 Trillion in China. IF Trump will bring back our 70,000 factories then China economy will collapse and the Globalists will lose their money. So, it is in their interest to remove Trump. I didn’t thought this way. It sound very interesting.

  • Rick Raphun says:

    But it’s ok for the Democrats to out right be dishonest and he cant speak the truth? Wow! This is so corrupt its scary!

  • Christine Krewson says:

    In the past, I always voted Democrat. But the way the Democrats are now is shameful. They have battered President Trump from every angle since he has came into office. And he still stands strong. The only thing I see that the Democrats has done the last 4 years is give President Trump grief. They are not interested in the American peoples well being. Where as President Trump has done alot of great things. But the media is Democrats or they’ve been bought off. And lots of people have no idea what all he has done for us, because the media wont report it. They say the country is divided. It is because the Democrats wont even work with the Repubulicans. And Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t even be in office. She was so disrespectful and evil when she stood there and tore up the Presidents speech. The Democrats has turned spiteful, hateful, disrespectful, lying, cheating, destructive bunch of evil people. Thank you President Trump for standing up for us even when you have had so much coming at you.

  • Mike says:

    All you TRUMP idiots all they did was stop his lying tweets he makes fun of the handicapped he calls our servicemen that lost there lives protecting the UNITED States of America suckers and losers TRUMP America has spoken Your FIRED !!!!!!!

  • Pro Constitutional Republic voter says:

    The 30+ voters that voted ‘NO’,are anti-constitution and have no business living in OUR Constitutional Republic.

  • Mike Nov.5 2020 at 10:44 PM is the idiot. says:

    Mike,YOU are the idiot.President Trump NEVER called our military service members suckers and losers.If you want proof of it,talk to one of our military service members,so he/she can set you straight.You must be one of Biden’s socialism lovers waiting for you free hand out.Got some news for you Mikey,NOTHING IS FREE,especially socialism.

  • Howard says:

    I am a veteran you sick asshole Biden Called all Service me lying bastards do your home work College punk . Why dont you join . insted of burning protesting looting . and yelling

  • Howard says:

    FUCK YOU MIKE YOUR A CRAZY LIBERAL WHAT COUNTRY WAS IT YOU NEED A TICKET TO ??

  • Darla Rogers says:

    What is wrong with America? We are seeing more snd more people
    Who are being brainwashed about American values and our democracy. If you don’t like what America stands for just leave!!
    Freedoms make up our great American lives. D Trump has done more for the people, businesses and keeping his promises than any
    Other president!! Truly believe we are in the fight of our life if he wins
    The presidency.

  • Miguel Stroe says:

    Dorsey and the other self appointed Silicon Valley kings have NO right to censor the President. Their arrogance knows no bounds. All of these companies need to be broken up and put under multi-artisan control. This should not be like NPR, another nest of extreme liberals feeding on our tax dollars and public contributions!!

  • Anonymous says:

    People talk about trump and Biden but when that stimulus checks come out every body’s hand will b sticking out

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