United States: after the media, Donald Trump attacks Facebook and Twitter

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United States: after the media, Donald Trump attacks Facebook and Twitter

Donald Trump accused the giants of the Sillicon Valley of censoring the Americans. This is not the first time that the President of the United States has criticized the policies of major technology groups.

DonaldTrump reiterated Thursday his violent attacks on the giants of Silicon Valley. He called for all possible legislative or regulatory solutions to be explored to end the "collusion" between social networks and his democratic opponents.

"Major technology groups must not censor the voices of Americans," Trump hammered at a "summit" that was held without the main players in the sector, such as Twitter and Facebook, but in the presence of ultra-conservative personalities and organizations.

In a speech in the White House lounges, the Republican billionaire denounced at length what he believes to be the "dishonesty" and "bias" of the giants of Silicon Valley. "People come to me and say: Mr. President, we can't follow you" on social networks, he said in front of his "friends".

Some observers fear that the White House will remove the legal framework protecting online services. This protection, codified in section 230 of a 1996 law, stipulates that networks cannot be held responsible for offensive content posted by others but hosted on their platforms.

"The government should not force intermediaries to withdraw statements that are constitutionally protected (in the name of freedom of expression)," 27 organizations and 50 lawyers specializing in the sector pointed out in an open letter.

"No bias"

DonaldTrump, with some 62 million Twitter subscribers, regularly accuses social networks of silencing conservative voices.

At the end of June, he directly accused Twitter of preventing people from following him and limiting his ability to get his message across: "If I announced tomorrow that I was going to become a nice democrat, I would win five times as many subscribers".
The Internet Association, which includes Google, Facebook and Microsoft among its members, has once again strongly rejected the accusations of bias made by the White House tenant.

"Online platforms are the best tool to allow all political opinions to be represented," said Michael Beckerman, President of the organization.

"Internet groups are not biased against any ideology, and conservative voices in particular have always used social networks very effectively," he added.

Repression of hate content

Accused of censorship by the Conservatives, American technology giants are, at the same time, accused of not doing enough to suppress hate content and online conspiracy theories.

Two weeks ago, Twitter announced that it intends to toughen its stance on messages from politicians inciting violence or hatred, measures that could apply to some of DonaldTrump's tweets.

In particular, the bluebird group plans to precede the disputed tweets with a message explaining that they violate the rules of the social network, but that they are still broadcast in the "general public interest".