blasts Twitter for suspending account of Pennsylvania ally

President Donald continued his rant against Twitter, criticizing the social media company for suspending the account of one of his Republican allies in Pennsylvania and comparing its actions to those of a communist country.

The president  spent a portion of his Thanksgiving holiday lashing out at his enemies and he earlier accused Twitter of fabricating its trending topics.

He took up his crusade against the social media platform on Friday morning, blasting it for suspending the personal account of Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who convened Wednesday's hearing-style event in Gettysburg to examine the presidential vote in that state.

Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 81,000 votes but is contesting the results. He won the state in the 2016 contest and was leading in the early vote totals this year. But Biden surged ahead when mail-in ballots were counted.

'Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud. They and the Fake News, working together, want to SILENCE THE TRUTH. Can't let that happen. This is what Communist countries do!,' tweeted Friday morning.

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also complained Big Tech and the media are working against him.

'Big Tech and the Fake News Media have partnered to Suppress. Freedom of the Press is gone, a thing of the past. That’s why they refuse to report the real facts and figures of the 2020 Election or even, where’s Hunter!,' he wrote. 

Mastriano posted from his official account to criticize Twitter for suspending his personal one: 'This censorship is unacceptable in America. A nation that I served for most of my adult life... The point of Twitter suspending this personal account is to prevent me from posting to my Senate account— to silence our voice.'

The Republican lawmaker and retired U.S. Army colonel questioned the results of the election on Wednesday, when he held a hearing-type event on the issue.

'I mean, I don't even know how this happened in America,' Mastriano said. 'We can send, 50 years ago, men to the moon, but we can't have a safe secure election in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania? What's going on here?' 

President Donald Trump continued his rant against Twitter on Friday morning, accusing it of acting like a communist country

President Donald continued his rant against Twitter on Friday morning, accusing it of acting like a communist country

Trump was angry Twitter for suspending the personal account of Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who led a hearing-style event into how Joe Biden won the state

was angry Twitter for suspending the personal account of Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who led a hearing-style event into how Joe Biden won the state

President Trump has long accused Twitter of being biased against conservatives

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President has long accused Twitter of being biased against conservatives

Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano posted a photo of his personal account being suspended

Pennsylvania Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano posted a photo of his personal account being suspended

President Donald Trump called into Wednesday's hearing-style event in Pennsylvania, held by State Senator Doug Mastriano, where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud

President Donald called into Wednesday's hearing-style event in Pennsylvania, held by State Senator Doug Mastriano, where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud

Rudy Giuliani, 's personal attorney, attended the event to offer testimony. himself called in and addressed the gathering via attorney Jenna Ellis' cell phone, which she held up to a microphone so the president could be heard. 

has refused to concede the election although he said Thursday he would vacate the White House for Biden should the electoral college certify the Democrat's win.

But he's continued his arguments that the election was 'rigged.' He has shown no proof of his allegation, his lawsuits in states trying to overturn Biden wins have gone nowhere and his campaign has shown no evidence of massive voter fraud. 

On Friday morning, tweeted several news bites from OANN and Newsmax - two conservative news networks - that backed up his claim he won Pennsylvania and mocked Biden's viewership for his Wednesday Thanksgiving address. 

Twitter has labeled many of the president's tweets as containing disputed information.

, who has long accused the social media site of being biased against conservatives, blasted it on Thursday evening, accusing Twitter of making up 'negative stuff' for their trending section, and called for the repeal of Section 230, a part of a law that shields internet companies from liability for the content that users post.

But within half an hour the number one trending topic in the United States was 'DiaperDon' - a reference to the president sitting behind a small desk earlier in the day when he took questions from reporters after he made a Thanksgiving call to U.S. troops.

retweeted and wrote more than a dozen tweets on Thursday, including several just hours after he grew visibly angry with a Reuters reporter during the question-and-answer session at the White House.

also retweeted his favorite commentators - who falsely suggested there's still a chance he can overturn the results of the election - and also vented his frustration at the media, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, kneeling NFL players, and Fox News.  

When he wasn't tweeting, held a news conference during which he scolded White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president if he would concede the election if the Electoral College voted to officially make Joe Biden the winner on December 14.

'I'm the President of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way,' told Mason during the heated exchange.

'You're just a lightweight,' an angry told Mason.

President Trump on Thursday blasted Twitter, accusing it of manipulating its trending topics so as to make him look bad

President on Thursday blasted Twitter, accusing it of manipulating its trending topics so as to make him look bad

‘Twitter is sending out totally false “Trends” that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world,’ the president tweeted on Thursday. ‘They make it up, and only negative “stuff”'

'Twitter is sending out totally false 'Trends' that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world,' the president tweeted on Thursday. 'They make it up, and only negative 'stuff''

Twitter users relentlessly mocked the president for the small desk from which he spoke during his White House news conference. The sight of Trump sitting at the desk prompted Twitter users to trend the topic ‘Resolute Desk’ - the much larger desk where the president sits in the Oval Office. Another trending topic on Twitter was the hashtag #DiaperDon, a reaction to an image of the president sitting at his smaller desk

Twitter users relentlessly mocked the president for the small desk from which he spoke during his White House news conference. The sight of sitting at the desk prompted Twitter users to trend the topic 'Resolute Desk' - the much larger desk where the president sits in the Oval Office. Another trending topic on Twitter was the hashtag #DiaperDon, a reaction to an image of the president sitting at his smaller desk

The president appeared grumpy earlier in the day on Thursday, when he was caught on camera using foul language after he flubbed a golf shot while playing at his course in Sterling, Virginia.

'I hate this f*****g hole!' said after he chipped a ball into the water.

The president on Thursday night repeated past grievances about the November 3 election which he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. He also took aim once again at Twitter, claiming that it was conspiring to make him look bad.

posted a tweet linking to an opinion column written by a blogger with The Federalist, a pro-, conservative-leaning news site.

The opinion piece listed 'five more ways Joe Biden magically outperformed election norms.'

It suggested that that Biden's win was fraudulent since it defied several metrics that have historically been used to gauge who would win a presidential election.

'A must read. Impossible for Biden to have overcome these, and even greater, odds!' tweeted when linking the article.

The president then posted another tweet complaining about media coverage of his Thanksgiving Day message to US troops stationed abroad.

'I gave a long news conference today after wishing the military a Happy Thanksgiving, & realized once again that the Fake News Media coordinates so that the real message of such a conference never gets out,' the president tweeted.

'Primary point made was that the 2020 Election was RIGGED, and that I WON!'

spoke to reporters in the White House's ornate Diplomatic Reception Room after holding a teleconference with US military leaders stationed across the globe.

He thanked them for their service and jokingly warned them not to eat too much turkey, then turned to the election after ending the call.

repeated grievances and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key swing states that helped give Biden the win.

The president on Thursday spoke to reporters from a small desk in the Diplomatic Reception Room after holding a teleconference with US military leaders

The president on Thursday spoke to reporters from a small desk in the Diplomatic Reception Room after holding a teleconference with US military leaders

Trump was widely ridiculed on Twitter as social media users mocked the size of the desk that he was photographed sitting at during his Thursday news conference

was widely ridiculed on Twitter as social media users mocked the size of the desk that he was photographed sitting at during his Thursday news conference

The relatively small size of the desk led to the hashtag #DiaperDon becoming a trending topic

The relatively small size of the desk led to the hashtag #DiaperDon becoming a trending topic

One Twitter user wondered whether Joe Biden's aides 'set up this visual'

One Twitter user wondered whether Joe Biden's aides 'set up this visual'

'This mini resolute desk will never not make laugh,' tweeted one Twitter user. 'Resolute Desk' was also trending on Twitter late on Thursday, drawing Trump's ire

'This mini resolute desk will never not make laugh,' tweeted one Twitter user. 'Resolute Desk' was also trending on Twitter late on Thursday, drawing 's ire

'Moved from the Resolute Desk to the Coffee Table of Despair,' tweeted another Twitter user

'Moved from the Resolute Desk to the Coffee Table of Despair,' tweeted another Twitter user

The president then got into his heated exchange with Mason, which generated significant attention on social media as well as in the press.

then took aim at Twitter after the social media site's trending topics painted the president in an unfavorable light.

'Twitter is sending out totally false 'Trends' that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really trending in the world,' the president tweeted on Thursday.

'They make it up, and only negative 'stuff'.

'Same thing will happen to Twitter as is happening to Fox News daytime.

'Also, big Conservative discrimination!'

Twitter users relentlessly mocked the president for the small desk from which he spoke during his White House news conference.

The sight of sitting at the desk prompted Twitter users to trend the topic 'Resolute Desk' - the much larger desk where the president sits in the Oval Office.

Another trending topic on Twitter was the hashtag #DiaperDon, a reaction to an image of the president sitting at his smaller desk.

The president then tweeted: 'For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!'

Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act protects internet companies from liability for the material users post on their networks.

'No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider,' the law states.

has long accused social media networks of being biased against conservatives and Republicans. 

Trump posted a tweet linking to an opinion column written by a blogger with The Federalist, a pro-Trump, conservative-leaning news site. The opinion piece listed ‘five more ways Joe Biden magically outperformed election norms.’ It suggested that that Biden’s win was fraudulent since it defied several metrics that have historically been used to gauge who would win a presidential election

posted a tweet linking to an opinion column written by a blogger with The Federalist, a pro-, conservative-leaning news site. The opinion piece listed 'five more ways Joe Biden magically outperformed election norms.' It suggested that that Biden's win was fraudulent since it defied several metrics that have historically been used to gauge who would win a presidential election

The president then tweeted: ‘For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!’ Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act protects internet companies from liability for the material users post on their networks

The president then tweeted: 'For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!' Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act protects internet companies from liability for the material users post on their networks

SECTION 230: THE LAW AT CENTER OF BIG TECH SHOWDOWN

Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.

Under the U.S. law, internet companies are generally exempt from liability for the material users post on their networks. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act - itself part of a broader telecom law - provides a legal 'safe harbor' for internet companies.

But Republicans increasingly argue that Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms have abused that protection and should lose their immunity - or at least have to earn it by satisfying requirements set by the government.

Section 230 probably can't be easily dismantled. But if it was, the internet as we know it might cease to exist.

Just what is Section 230?

If a news site falsely calls you a swindler, you can sue the publisher for libel. But if someone posts that on Facebook, you can't sue the company - just the person who posted it.

That's thanks to Section 230, which states that 'no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.'

That legal phrase shields companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted - whether their complaint is legitimate or not.

Section 230 also allows social platforms to moderate their services by removing posts that, for instance, are obscene or violate the services' own standards, so long as they are acting in 'good faith.'

Where did Section 230 come from?

The measure's history dates back to the 1950s, when bookstore owners were being held liable for selling books containing 'obscenity,' which is not protected by the First Amendment. One case eventually made it to the Supreme Court, which held that it created a 'chilling effect' to hold someone liable for someone else´s content.

That meant plaintiffs had to prove that bookstore owners knew they were selling obscene books, said Jeff Kosseff, the author of 'The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet,' a book about Section 230.

Fast-forward a few decades to when the commercial internet was taking off with services like CompuServe and Prodigy. Both offered online forums, but CompuServe chose not to moderate its, while Prodigy, seeking a family-friendly image, did.

CompuServe was sued over that, and the case was dismissed. Prodigy, however, got in trouble. The judge in their case ruled that 'they exercised editorial control - so you're more like a newspaper than a newsstand,' Kosseff said.

That didn't sit well with politicians, who worried that outcome would discourage newly forming internet companies from moderating at all. And Section 230 was born.

'Today it protects both from liability for user posts as well as liability for any clams for moderating content,' Kosseff said.

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