US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to “strongly regulate” or “shut down” social networking platforms after Twitter first singled out two of his tweets as “deceptive” and treated them as disseminators of unsubstantiated information.

The move sparked the anger of the president, who used the same platform to express his rejection of alleged censorship: “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….” he tweeted.

Twitter pointed to two Trump tweets posted Tuesday in which the president said without evidence that absentee voting would lead to a rigged election: “There is no way that absentee voting is anything other than substantially fraudulent,” he wrote at the time.

Below the posts, Twitter posted a link that said, “Get information on absentee voting,” a first for the social network that has long resisted calls to censor the president for publications that defy the truth.


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