President Trump claims Big Tech is dividing the country

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President Donald Trump blamed Big Tech companies on Tuesday for dividing the Nation days Following Twitter and Facebook Prohibited him in their platforms for allegedly encouraging the attack on the US Capitol building in Washington DC last week.

“I think that Big Tech is doing a horrible thing for our country and to our country, and I believe it’s going to be a catastrophic mistake for them. They’re dividing and divisive,” Trump told reporters at the onset of a trip to the wall his administration has built along the Texas border.

He said the companies had made a “terrible mistake” and that there’s a “counter move” to the actions Big Tech platforms have taken without being specific about what that means.

Last week, Twitter, Facebook, Alphabet-owned Google, Apple and also Amazon.com took their strongest actions however against Trump to limit his reach.

They cited the prospect of continued violence stemming from the Republican president’s articles, after his fans’ Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol that caused the death of five people.

The moves enraged Trump, who immediately vowed he would “not be SILENCED!” And promised a “big announcement soon.”

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Trump has repeatedly clashed with the key operators in the platform economy and railed from the protections they enjoy under a law named Section 230, which protects employers from accountability over content items published by users of the platforms. He has continued to demand that law be repealed, though his calls haven’t found enough congressional support.

He vetoed a $740 billion defence bill that allocates military capital each year since the bill failed to include language to overturn Section 230. Congress overrode the veto.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington. Editing by Alistair Bell.

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