US President Donald Trump threatened to shut down social media platforms on Wednesday after Twitter described two of his tweets as "unfounded" and accused him of making false claims.
"The Republicans believe that social media platforms completely silence the Conservative voices. We'll regulate or shut them down before we can ever allow that," Trump tweeted.
Twitter targeted two tweets that the president posted on Tuesday, claiming without evidence that mail-in polls would lead to fraud and a "rigged election".
Twitter posted a link under the tweets that read "Get the Facts About Mail-In Ballot" – a first for the social network, which has long resisted calls to blame the US President for untruthful posts.
Trump pushed back again on Wednesday and said, "We cannot allow large mail-in ballots to gain a foothold in our country. It would be free for everyone to deal with fraud, counterfeiting and theft of ballots."
"Whoever cheated the most would win. Social media as well. Clean up your action NOW !!!!"
The president also accused social media platforms of interfering in the recent elections, saying, "We saw what they tried and what they didn't do in 2016."
"We cannot allow a more sophisticated version of it to happen again."
The president has long used Twitter as a platform to spread abuse, conspiracy theories, false information, and insults to his 80 million followers.
Before being elected in 2016, he built his political brand by supporting the "birth lie" that Barack Obama, America's first black president, was not born in the United States and was therefore not admitted as president.
And he recently triggered another storm by assassinating MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough by spreading the unfounded rumor that he had murdered an aide-de-camp.
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