The president's re-election campaign Twitter account was temporarily banned to post misleading information about Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump has threatened a "major lawsuit" against Twitter after the company temporarily suspended his re-election campaign account.
Trump campaigner Mike Hahn posted a screenshot on his own Twitter account early on Thursday. The picture appeared to show a message from the administrators of the social media site informing Hanh that the Trump campaign's official "account" had been banned.
The notice stated that the account had violated Twitter's usage guidelines, which prohibit "posting of private information". It cited a tweet published by the Trump campaign site in which staff claimed that presidential candidate Joe Biden was a "liar" who "has been tearing our country down for years".
Twitter later tracked and unblocked the account, prompting the Trump campaign to repost the allegations and a video related to them.
"We're back and releasing the video that you don't want Twitter to see," the campaign tweeted.
The video, POLITICO notes, relates to a report in the New York Post describing Joe Biden's alleged corruption in securing a position for his son Hunter with a Ukrainian energy company.
While President Trump did not immediately know that his campaign account had briefly disappeared, he told FOX News that attempts at censorship would be punished with a "major lawsuit."
So horrible that Facebook and Twitter wrote the story of "Smoking Gun" emails about Sleepy Joe Biden and his son Hunter on @NYPost. It's just the beginning for them. There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230 !!! https://t.co/g1RJFpIVUZ
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2020
"And there are things that can be very serious that I would rather not see," said Trump. "But it will probably have to be."
President Trump also believed that social media companies – including Twitter and Facebook – are politically biased and often remove the content of his campaign while refusing to disrupt his rivals' virtual operations.
"It's like a third arm of the DNC," Trump said on Facebook and Twitter. "Really, it's like a massive campaign post."
Trump – somewhat ironically – also went to Twitter to rail against the temporary suspension of his campaign account.
"So horrible that Facebook and Twitter put the story of" Smoking Gun "emails about Sleepy Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the @nypost," Trump tweeted earlier this week.
"It's just the beginning for them," added the president. “There is nothing worse than a corrupt politician. REPEAL SECTION 230! ”
Section 230 refers to an aspect of the Communications Decency Act that makes it impossible to sue social media platforms for user-posted content. It also allows such companies to moderate content at will.
Facebook has since defended its measures to block misleading political content from its platform. A company spokesman said the removal of the Trump campaign propaganda was part of a "standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation."
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