Twitter has long let Donald Trump ramble on like a drunken NPC in an Elder Scrolls game, but yesterday was the first time they've ever bothered to press the proverbial 'b' button and let us know that what this guy had to say isn't worth listening to anymore. Trump made a false claim that California would send mail-in ballots to "anyone living in the state, no matter who they are how they got there." This is categorically wrong, as only registered voters will receive ballots. Twitter flagged this statement as false with a circled-blue checkmark aaaaand this happened:
Incredibly, even the timidest of corrections can send Trump into full-on dictator mode, as he stomps about his castle calling for an end to social media and everyone who dare oppose him. Of course, Trump doesn't have the power to close Twitter. It's not a company he owns, and it's not government property. But the man is pure id, and he's going to throw a temper tantrum until he's tuckered out and William Barr sets him down for a nap.
It's all made more incredible by the fact that Twitter has a history of kowtowing to the far-right.
Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook were a major factor in Trump winning the 2016 election. Not only did they give him and his campaign a podium to reach millions of people, but also they did so without applying the typical rigors of traditional media like fact-checking or not letting someone be a total asshole. Imagine watching NCIS and then being hit with a commercial where Donald Trump gets in front of a mic and says this:
Or having your viewing of Young Sheldon broken up by this:
But Twitter lets Trump do that every twenty minutes. Twitter is Trump's mommy who has given him candy for dinner every night, and now that she's placed a single piece of broccoli in front of him, he's thrown the plate against the wall and is telling her to go die. To think it only took 52 thousand Trump tweets for Twitter to finally grow a spine.
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