The Real Donald Trump is angry with Twitter and other social media. Will he trump this or will he falter? I was reading an analysis about President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media platforms.
The analyst, BBC’s Anthony Zurcher believes that the executive order may not affect social media until way after the November presidential election.
He says this is because of possible legal challenges, administrative reviews and the other processes of regulatory promulgation.
Zurcher thinks Trump already knows this but might be trying to send a coded message to Twitter.
A chilling message that he has deep resources to make life very difficult for the social media platform if they form a habit of censuring his tweets before the election.
Twitter, Trump’s Critical Lifeline
Twitter is the most critical media lifeline of the President. Breitbart News and its former chairman Steve Bannon don’t seem as hot for Trump as they were in 2016.
And conservative aggregator Matt Drudge of the influential Drudge Report has been publishing lots of critical headlines about the Trump administration lately.
But one platform Trump has always felt near absolute control over is his Twitter account, his direct route to communicating with almost 100 million Americans with his own fingers.
Now, even that channel seems to be having potential road-blocks as November approaches.
So, Trump feels if he doesn’t act now to protect that lifeline, he could be effectively shut out from communicating directly with his base.
He wants to deter Twitter from thinking of banning or suspending his account, as many of his opponents have requested.
According to Zurcher:
The real purpose of the president’s order … may be symbolic. At the very least, the move will cause Twitter to think twice about attempting to moderate or fact-check his posts on their service.
The president relies on Twitter to get his message out without filtering from the mainstream media. If Twitter itself start blunting one of his favourite communication tools, he is sending a message that he will push back – and make things, at a minimum, uncomfortable for the company.
Twitter lets President Trump talk directly with almost a third of America’s population without having liberal editors blunt or block out his message. And he wants to keep it that way.