Donald Trump Calls CNN, Washington Post "Fake News" And Blasts Facebook For Banning Right-wing Politics

Trump took to Twitter to speak about the monitoring Facebook's measures. He also said one's freedom of speech was being clamped. He also questioned why mainstream media organizations that he claimed were propagating "fake news" were being allowed on the platform.
The cordial relationship between President Donald Trump and the far right in the country is something that is not just worrying but also dangerous. Trump has openly supported several figures of the far right in several tweets and retweets. In the beginning of May, several far-right figures were banned from Facebook like Milo Yiannopoulos, ex-editor of Breitbart, a far-right news website that has often peddled fake news, and Paul Joseph Watson, an English YouTube personality, radio host, writer and conspiracy theorist who was the Editor-at-Large at InfoWars, conspiracy theory and fake news website. Other figures that have been banned are Laura Loomer, a far-right political activist and commentator, Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist and who ran against Paul Ryan to represent Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, some years ago. Louis Farrakhan, a leader of the religious group called Nation of Islam who openly espouses anti-Semitic views was also blacklisted. Facebook banned these figures for violating its rules and its policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations” reports TechCrunch. President Trump slammed Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and also took potshots at the mainstream media for what he refers to as #FakeNews falsehoods. He also said that these personalities airing their views are well within their rights under their freedom of speech. Choosing his most preferred communication tool, Twitter, the president put out several tweets and retweets questioning Facebook on their move.
Donald Trump Calls CNN, Washington Post "Fake News" And Blasts Facebook For Banning Right-wing Politics

In a tweet soon after the Facebook's ban, Trump asked whether the "Radical Left Wing Media" would apologize to him for the "Russia Collusion Delusion story" that he claimed they got wrong. He also questioned why media houses such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others who "do Fake News" were still on Facebook while others who were on the right were not. Trump’s also put out tweets where he complained about actor James Wood who is an ardent Trump supporter, and Watson being banned from the platform. In the tweet, he said he was surprised to see "conservative thinkers" being banned. Trump has also often talked about his admiration of Alex Jones, one of the most well right-wing figures who runs InfoWars.
Donald Trump Calls CNN, Washington Post "Fake News" And Blasts Facebook For Banning Right-wing Politics

According to Vox, Watson made a YouTube video where he lambasted Facebook while also claiming that a citizens’ First Amendment rights were being eroded soon after being banned. Trump retweeted this video soon after it was released. In another tweet, Trump also said he would “monitor the censorships of AMERICAN CITIZENS" while also suggesting that it infringed on one's freedom of speech. The move was a big shift for Zuckerberg, who earlier defended the rights of Holocaust deniers and others to remain on Facebook.

At the same time, Trump also retweeted a video from Deep State Exposed, an alt-right account that regularly spews venom against Islam while also promoting conspiracy theories. The account’s author, Jeremy Stone, mentions in his Twitter bio that the president has retweeted him nine times. According to a statement to TechCrunch, Facebook defended their policy of banning the aforementioned right figures and stated, "We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today."