President Donald Trump will sign an executive order aimed at social media companies on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday, a day after Twitter slapped a "fact-check" warning on one of the president's tweets for the first time.
Jeff Mason, Reuters White House Correspondent, reports:
"@realDonaldTrump will sign an executive order shortly about social media and internet companies, @PressSec tells reporters on Air Force One. The president has been very critical of @Twitter in the last 24 hours."
White House officials gave no further details, according to Reuters, adding that Twitter declined to comment and Facebook and Google did not immediately comment.
🔦 Earlier Wednesday, the president warned social media companies about censoring conservative views, threatening to "strongly regulate" them or "close them down":
"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can't let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. Just like we can't let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!"
Trump then warned, "Big action to follow!":
"Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct. Big action to follow!"