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Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

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Posted at 10:15 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 10:15:18-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening social media companies with new regulation or even closure after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets.

Claiming tech giants “silence conservative voices,” Trump tweeted Wednesday that, “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”

The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close social media companies, as that would require action by Congress or the Federal Communications Commission.

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