President Donald Trump reacted angrily on Tuesday after Twitter appended a fact-check to his conspiracy theories about voting by mail.
"Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election," Trump tweeted. "They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post."
"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!" he declared.
The leader of the free world was quickly fact-checked on his claims. Here's some of what people were saying:
@realDonaldTrump You are such an idiot. This is not a First Amendment, or FREE SPEECH issue. Twitter is a private c… https://t.co/v3QNbZ2Kwj— Eric Slater (@Eric Slater)1590536831.0
Twitter has not stifled the president's free speech.— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1590537613.0
Another fundamental misunderstanding of free speech and how it works. 🤦♂️ https://t.co/b1qPfMVxwt— (((Ethan Bearman, 306 and 81 million))) (@(((Ethan Bearman, 306 and 81 million))))1590538404.0
Citizens United ruled that corporations have the same free speech rights as anyone else. This is Twitter's free sp… https://t.co/wtd0R9TsIA— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr)1590537630.0
Twitter, as a private company, has no responsibility to broadcast your views. You have no "right" to "free speech"… https://t.co/LidWgP51BQ— Matt Rogers 🗳 (@Matt Rogers 🗳)1590538739.0
“Stifling free speech” here is appending more speech (a tiny flag from Twitter) below his speech. https://t.co/s0Sqo9LSxh— Ben Collins (@Ben Collins)1590538939.0
Bitch please: Free speech on a private platform is up for them to decide what to allow. https://t.co/qzkoilIBiA— Ben Tribbett (@Ben Tribbett)1590537356.0
Dear @realDonaldTrump: The First Amendment stops the government—that’s you—from interfering with free speech. That… https://t.co/eJbXgW7mXf— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1590538889.0
"Free speech" now expands to the right to be free from correction. This has been an ongoing process: 1) Erode tru… https://t.co/gpymShs3gg— Renee DiResta (@Renee DiResta)1590538439.0
@realDonaldTrump Everyone on Twitter has to abide by rules that are NOT COVERED by free speech. You cannot threate… https://t.co/A9HYNG8pR4— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1590539009.0
"Twitter is stifling my free speech," he shouted on Twitter. https://t.co/cqMPVnUyfR— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair Rosenberg)1590536505.0