Angry over how social media platforms are treating him, Trump says ‘FAIRNESS’ is coming

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday it will be a “big day” for social media companies and “FAIRNESS” as he was expected to issue an executive order aimed at the big tech firms.

Later in the day Wednesday, Trump said that it’s “so ridiculous” for Twitter to make the case that mail-in ballots aren’t subject to fraud.

“How stupid, there are examples, & cases, all over the place. Our election process will become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World. Tell that to your hater @yoyoel,” Trump tweeted, tagging Twitter employee Yoel Roth, head of site integrity at the social media company.

White House officials said Wednesday that the president would sign an executive order targeting the the social media companies, but didn’t elaborate on the details.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump threatened to “strongly regulate” social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook or “close them down,” tweeting that Republicans feel that the companies are silencing conservative voices. In a follow-up tweet, he said they must “Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

The president’s threats came after Twitter, for the first time, added a fact check label on a pair of tweets from Trump on Tuesday with language that said that “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” and it directed people to a Twitter article titled “Trump makes unsubstantiated claim that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud,” along with a “What you need to know” section.

A Twitter spokesperson told NBC News on Tuesday that the tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.” The spokesperson added that the company rolled out a policy in May to combat misinformation, especially related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump doubled down later Thursday, saying that it’s “so ridiculous” for Twitter to make the case that mail-in ballots aren’t subject to fraud.

“How stupid, there are examples, & cases, all over the place. Our election process will become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the World. Tell that to your hater @yoyoel,” Trump tweeted, tagging Twitter employee Yoel Roth, head of site integrity at the social media company.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, on Wednesday night responded to backlash against Roth sparked by the fact-checking, saying that “there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this.”

Asked about the decision to issue an executive order, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters that the whole situation is “outrageous,” railing against Twitter for fact-checking the president while not removing falsehoods made by him.

“While Twitter is putting up their fact check under what the president says about voting, they still won’t take off the misrepresentations the president is putting out there by the death of a gentleman whose wife died and he’s asking them to take down the president’s misrepresentations,” she said, referring to the baseless conspiracy theory Trump has repeatedly pushed on Twitter that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was somehow involved with the woman’s death.

Pelosi added, “Yes, we’d like Twitter to put up their fact check [of] the president but it’s seems to be very selective, very selective, and of course you know my view of this and I said it before — Facebook, all of them, they’re all about making money. Their business model is to make money at the expense of the truth and the facts.”