Donald Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her Twitter account locked for sharing a news story that reflected negatively on Joe Biden, according to the White House.
Donald Trump threatened to remove protections for tech platforms after Twitter and Facebook censored The New York Post’s reporting of emails from Hunter Biden, which allegedly showed he leveraged access to his father in exchange for payments through his position on the board of Ukraine company Burisma.
At his rally in Iowa, Mr Trump said Twitter closed down the account of the White House press secretary for sharing the news.
“They closed down her account. She’s the White House press secretary. Because she’s reporting the truth, they closed down her account. So let’s see what’s going to happen,” he said.
Following the takedowns of the story from the Silicon Valley tech giants, Mr Trump tweeted “REPEAL SECTION 230!!!” in direct reference to the protections they receive as platforms rather than publishers.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects tech companies by designating them as platforms rather than publishers, meaning they’re not legally responsible for the content of their users.