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 PrintBy Ryan Lovelace– The Washington Times – Sunday, November 8, 2020

Social media platforms have aggressively cracked down on President Trump and his supporters, particularly because of posts and content about alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election. 

Twitter has tagged or restricted the visibility of more than a dozen of Mr. Trump’s tweets since Election Day began. Twitter’s latest push against Mr. Trump began in the early hours of Wednesday after the president said he thought he had won reelection.

“Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230!” Mr. Trump tweeted on Friday. 

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Section 230 is a reference to a provision of the Communications Decency Act that provides protection from legal liability for content posted by users on social media platforms, which Mr. Trump and his allies want to overhaul. 

Twitter has also restricted the visibility of tweets from users posting video clips purporting to show election officials engaged in alleged wrongdoing nationwide. Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer said on Twitter that his party’s lawyers had asked the Fulton County Board of Elections to investigate a video posted on Twitter that appeared to show a poll worker in Atlanta who gets frustrated while working. Fulton County includes parts of Atlanta. 

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