The Wall Street Journal: Trump slams social-media companies for ‘censorship’ of the right

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon his departure from the White House on Friday.

President Trump on Saturday threatened action against social-media companies, saying they were suspending accounts in a manner that was “totally discriminating” against conservatives.

Tweeting from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., Trump said unnamed social-media companies were “closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”

“Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen,” Trump said. “Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police,” he continued. “Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!”

Social-media companies have faced criticism over bullying as well as false and abusive content on their platforms. Their efforts to rein in such content have also drawn fire, however, as critics say the services are censoring unpopular opinions.

Social-media companies have said they don’t single out conservatives for stricter enforcement. Representatives for Twitter Inc. TWTR, -0.30%  , Facebook Inc. FB, -0.52%  , Apple Inc. AAPL, +2.00%   and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube GOOGL, -0.67%   didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-slams-social-media-companies-for-censorship-of-the-right-1534609973?mod=hp_lead_pos1

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