- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2020

President Trump called Twitter “out of control” early Friday after the social media company stepped in to stop him from using its platform to make disputed claims about his race for reelection.

“Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230,” Mr. Trump posted on the platform, referring to a contested provision of the U.S. Communications Decency Act.

A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment.

Mr. Trump’s comment slamming Twitter was his first about the company since it began flagging, hiding and restricting several of his posts on the platform about the recent presidential election.

Voting in the presidential race ended across the country Tuesday evening, and Twitter acted on nearly a dozen of Mr. Trump’s tweets in the days since to stop them from spreading.

Twitter applied warning labels, hid and limited 11 different posts that Mr. Trump has made on its platform between Wednesday and Friday morning. Another was flagged but otherwise not restricted.

In each of the 11 instances, Twitter hid the tweets behind labels that said it contained disputed content and “might be misleading about an election or other civil process.”

Twitter also blocked users from sharing, or retweeting, those posts. The tweets remain viewable, however, and users can still share them if they are being quoted in new tweets.

In the other case, Twitter applied a label to a tweet from Mr. Trump in which he “claimed” various states for “Electoral Vote purpose.” It said official results were not known when it was posted.

Section 230 of the Communications Decent Act effectively provides legal immunity to online platforms like Twitter from potential lawsuits sparked by content shared or published by its users.

Mr. Trump is among Republicans vocally opposed to Section 230 and has previously asserted it provides “blanket immunity” for sites to “censor content and silence viewpoints that they dislike.”

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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