Upon announcing an executive order on preventing online censorship on Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked why he would not simply walk away from Twitter given his concerns over the social media platform.
Trump responded that he would leave his Twitter account “in a heartbeat” if there were not “so much fake news,” and further explained to reporters why he continues to have a social media presence.
“Mr. President, given your concern with Twitter, have you given any consideration to deleting your account, to just walking away from this platform youve been so critical of?” a reporter asked Trump.
“Well, you know, if you werent fake, I would not even think about it. I would do that in a heartbeat,” the president responded.
“Im real, sir,” the reporter responded.
“But the news—the news is fake. If you look at what gets printed in newspapers, if only the public could understand where theyre reading a story and they think its real, and its not real in so many cases,” Trump added. “And Im not saying in every case. You have some great journalists. You have some journalists that I have great respect for. But largely, I find, at least in a political sense, there is so much fake news. Its disgraceful.”
Trump continued, “I would do that in a heartbeat if we had a fair press in this country … Theres nothing Id rather do than get rid of my whole Twitter account.”
“But Im able to get to, I guess, 186 million people, when you add up all the different accounts and add Facebook and Instagram. Thats a lot of people,” the president noted. “And thats more than the media companies have, frankly, by a lot.”
Trump went on to say that if he sees a story he believes is false, he is able to “refute fake news” by posting on social media, where “the next day, or the next hour or the next minute, everybody is reading about it.”
Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to combat censorship by social media after Twitter recently added fact-checking labels to his posts.
“I have made clear my commitment to free and open debate on the internet,” Trump said in a statement announcing the executive order.
According to the White House, the executive order seeks “to uphold free and open debate on online platforms” and reflects the Presidents commitment to “fighting back against the scourge of unaccountable and deceptive censorship of Americans online.”
“While online platforms denigrate our national discourse by disfavoring certain viewpoints, they are simultaneously profiting from disinformation spread by foreign governments,” the White House said in an announcement.
“Google, Facebook, and Twitter have all profited off the Chinese Communist Partys efforts to subjugate their people and spread misinformation around the world,” it adds. “President Trump is committed to preserving the integrity and openness of our Nations discourse and upholding freedom of expression for all Americans.”
The order calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create regulation that could strip social media companies of protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if they “engage in deceptive or pretextual censorship.”
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