- In a tweet on Tuesday, President Donald Trump on Twitter pressured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make a mocking joke.
- The meme, shared by a user with less than 200 followers, depicts McConnell’s photoshoot on a Soviet Union soldier with Captain “Moscow Mitch”.
- Trump said lawmakers should repeal Section 230, a law that allows social networks to be held liable for users’ posts unless they remove illegal content.
- Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter’s policies ban content that is explicitly meant to deceive people, and the site generally allows satire.
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President Donald Trump created an uproar against Twitter on Tuesday over a meme labeling the majority of Senate leader Mitch McConnell as “Moscow Mitch”, questioning why the stage would not remove the image.
The meme paints McConnell’s face critically on the body of a Soviet soldier, and was shared by an account that had just over 100 followers.
“Why does Twitter leave phoney pictures in this way, but accept Republican / conservative pictures and statements as true?” Like Tweeted.
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 8, 2020
Trump has been making a complaint against Twitter for months, having recently implemented warning labels in several of his tweets that violated his policies against promoting violence and spreading misinformation about voting. Trump reacted to those warning labels in May with an executive order listing complaints against social media companies and asking the Federal Communications Commission to take action against them.
While Trump’s executive order was unclear, it asked the FCC to re-interpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that allows websites to be held responsible for the content that users post as long as they Make a significant effort to remove illegal content. .
The Republic has hailed section 230 as a way to hit back at tech companies claiming they unfairly targeted conservatives with policies against misinformation. The evidence does not support that theory – data shows that conservative pages consistently generate the most engagement on social media sites.
Trump on Tuesday tagged Republican Sen. Josh Hawley in his tweet. Hawley has introduced legislation that would revoke the legal immunity of tech companies under Section 230 until they can prove they are “politically neutral”, and recently introduced a bill That will make tech companies more vulnerable to lawsuits from users following online rules. Is being implemented incorrectly.
Josh Hawley (@HleyleyMO) September 8, 2020
If the protection of Section 230 was completely repealed, experts say most social media companies would not be able to bear the legal costs associated with maintaining an open platform.
A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment about Trump’s tweet. Twitter’s Rule Restrictions on content shared with the intent to deceive people; Satire and mimes are generally allowed on stage.
Trump is not the first leader in the world who tried to assuage memes criticizing his party. China recently banned all online mentions of Winnie the Pooh after comparing it to President Xi Jinping’s cartoon bear. In Russia, those who share a meme of President Vladimir Putin in drag makeup may face jail time.