By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Trump appears on Fox News broadcast.
President Trump attacks a Twitter employee while defending the fact-checked tweets he posted on mail-in ballots. Mr. Trump had words for the Twitter employee responsible for adding fact-check bubbles to tweets he posted regarding mail-in ballots, CNBC reports. Mr. Trump addressed the nation regarding the fairness of social media platforms on Thursday May 28. In this address, Mr. Trump singled out a Twitter employee while he persisted with harsh critique of the Twitter platform.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to Mr. Trump’s choice to focus on a single Twitter employee.
“There is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this,” said Dorsey, as quoted by CNBC.
The employee in question was the “Head of Site Integrity” Yoel Roth. Roth was the co-author of a May 11 blog post that addressed how the Twitter company would intend to proceed with the handling of “misleading information.” Roth co-authored the post with Nick Pickles, the Director of Global Public Policy Strategy and Development. Twitter stated that they would take these actions in what they believe was service to the public conversation. They stated that their goal was to make it easy to find credible information.
Mr. Trump deemed the fact-checking of his tweets as a censorship of his rights of free expression on the platform. He stated Thursday that he intends to sign an executive order restricting the motions of social media companies in handling “credible information.” Fox News reported in a video broadcast that among other restrictions the new executive order will cut federal funding to companies that fail to follow compliance. Trump’s current executive order will push the Federal Communications Commission to “tighten its oversight” of online publishers and to clarify regulations of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, also citing CNBC. CNBC cited Reuters as its source. Reuters had obtained a draft of the executive order.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act lays out some ground rules for internet service providers and online communications ethics.
“Obligations of interactive computer service
A provider of interactive computer service shall, at the time of entering an agreement with a customer for the provision of interactive computer service and in a manner deemed appropriate by the provider, notify such customer that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist the customer in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors. Such notice shall identify, or provide the customer with access to information identifying, current providers of such protections,” says (d) of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. See Cornell Law for more information.
In addition to a public address, President Trump has also used his Twitter account to condemn the continued fact-check of his tweets. He likewise reiterated his opinions of the potential for mail-in voter process to lead to voter fraud.
“MAIL-IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE. IT WILL ALSO LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY. WE CAN NEVER LET THIS TRAGEDY BEFALL OUR NATION. BIG MAIL-IN VICTORY IN TEXAS COURT TODAY. CONGRATS!!!,” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 8pm on May 28.
Mr. Trump also made comments regarding Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
“@Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is today criticizing Twitter. “We have a different policy than Twitter on this. I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.” Did Twitter criticize Obama for his “you can keep your Dr.”?” said Trump via a tweet that posted at 7:48pm on May 28.