While Trump admits that he is trailing Joe Biden in the 2020 race for the White House, he still can’t keep off social media, retweeting a video of one of his supporters shouting "White power!" to his predominantly white base of voters. But now, he is being met with retaliation from the very social media platforms that helped put him to the White House.
Action by Social Media Platforms
- Twitter has labeled and fact-checked tweets from Trump, and banned all political ads, manipulated videos and misleading information.
- Facebook took down Trump campaign ads going after Antifa and leftist groups using a Nazi symbol.
- Hours later, a video that Trump tweeted, which violated the company's policy on "synthetic and manipulated data," was also flagged. The video with a fake CNN chyron that read "terrified toddler runs from racist baby," showed two children running, while the original CNN video showed two children hugging.
- Due to a copyright complaint, both Twitter and Facebook took down the 'racist baby' post a day after flagging it.
- This week, Reddit banned "The_Donald," its largest pro-Trump community.
In May, Trump signed an executive order limiting liability protection for social media platforms. He also began an effort to remove government ads from social media platforms, which could impact the US military’s recruiting initiatives, FDA's anti-vaping campaign and other civil operations.