Trump alleges social media ‘censorship of conservatives

Trump rages at social media and the ‘sick behavior’ of CNN and MSNBC in early morning Twitter rant

Donald Trump's Social Media Solution? A Free-For-All For Both 'Good And Bad'

He tweeted: "Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.

Trump's Twitter rant came just a few days after Twitter suspended Jones, founder of the right-wing conspiracy theory website InfoWars. He added that "mistakes are being made" and vowed that his administration "won't let that happen". "They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others", he wrote at 7:23 a.m.

Some reports suggested his account was put in "read-only" mode for a week, meaning he can not tweet or retweet.

Trump, himself no stranger to conspiracy theories, didn't mention Jones by name, but has appeared on his show in the past.

Jones did not handle taking down of his instigating and provoking videos well.

After a grossly irresponsible VICE News article framed the search tweak as a partisan "shadow ban" against Republicans, Donald Trump weighed in with his characteristic mix of threats and bluster.

"The President appeared to take Jones up on his recommendation by tweeting that "(a) ll of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russian Federation should start also looking in another direction, China".

In his tweets Saturday, Trump urged social media companies to "let everybody participate, good & bad", saying that while networks like CNN and MSNBC might be "fake news", he does not "ask that their sick behavior be removed". "But in the end, if we are smart, tough and well prepared, we will get along with everyone!" In the case of Jones, it did not initially join the other major platforms in removing his content, and has since taken relatively minor steps against him.

"We badly mishandled our communications with them", Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "While I have been warning about the increased and overt censorship by this "Speech Code Cartel" for a long time, it's becoming more obvious and part of an undeniable pattern that is chilling freedom of speech, freedom of the press and religious freedom".

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