WASHINGTON: Stung by Twitter, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at regulating social media companies two days after Twitter added fact-check label to his tweets.
“Under new regulations, social media companies that engage in censoring or any political conduct won’t be able to keep their ‘liability shield’,” Trump said. “The order will protect free speech and rights of Americans,” the President added.
Donald Trump was asked by a reporter whether he ever considered deleting his Twitter account. “If we had fair press I would do that in a heartbeat,” said Trump.
“But I’m able to get to 186 million people through social media accounts…and refute fake news,” added Trump.’
Meanwhile, the US reported 21,760 new cases of coronavirus and 1,174 related deaths today, according to Johns Hopkins University.
That brings the national tally to at least 1,721,926 cases and 101,621 deaths.
New York is the hardest-hit state, with 366,733 cases and 29,529 deaths. New Jersey, Illinois and California follow.