By The Associated Press |
STERLING, Virginia—President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!”
Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would “monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms.” He has previously asserted that social media companies exhibit bias against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue despite multiple occasions where platforms have needed to apologize for mistakes in their automated systems.
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The president’s comments came after Facebook this week banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, and others with views considered to be extreme, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars, which is criticized as a site that posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply both to Facebook’s main service and to Instagram, and extend to fan pages and other related accounts.