President Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday targeting social media companies.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday evening that the order is “pertaining to social media,” but no further details were given.
Trump earlier in the day promised “big action” against social media companies he believes are censoring Republicans and threatened to “shut them down” should they continue.
The measure comes during the fallout of Twitter’s decision Tuesday to add fact-checking footnotes to the bottom of two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting. The social media site’s decision outraged Trump, who has for been attacking the company — and the tech industry more broadly — over the course of Wednesday.
“Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election,” Trump tweeted Wednesday night. “If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!”