- President Donald Trump shared a satirical story claiming that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had shut down the social network’s servers to protect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
- The story, by conservative satirical site The Babylon Bee, was joking about Twitter’s attempts to limit the spread of a questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden.
- Trump shared the story on Friday morning without seeming to realize it was a joke, writing: “Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
- Trump and his allies have claimed that big tech companies are ideologically biased, but Twitter says the Post story violates its policies about sharing hacked material.
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President Donald Trump has appeared to fall for a satirical article joking that Twitter closed down its entire network to stop damaging information about Democratic nominee Joe Biden from spreading.
Early Friday morning the president shared an article by “The Babylon Bee” — titled “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News” — adding: “Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”
The Babylon Bee is a conservative satirical website that pokes fun at Democrats at liberals. Its Twitter bio describes itself as “fake news you can trust.”
The article satirized Twitter’s decision to limit the spread of a questionable New York Post article about Biden’s son, Hunter, and unsubstantiated and dubious claims about his business activities. Twitter has said that the article breaks its policies on sharing material that has been hacked.
In the joke article Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is described panickedly ordering his website to close down in response to negative information about Biden and his family spreading.
“Dorsey smashed a glass box in his office reading ‘Break In Case Of Bad Publicity For Democrats.’ Inside the case was a sledgehammer for smashing Twitter’s servers,” the article said.
The president’s tweet about the article is still live as of 8 a.m. EDT, about one hour after the tweet was sent. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shortly after Trump’s tweet, The Babylon Bee retweeted a 2018 satirical article titled: “President Trump Declares The Babylon Bee His Most-Trusted News Source.”
—The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) October 16, 2020
Trump had seized on the satirical article to hammer home his narrative that tech companies are biased against conservatives, and are working with Democrats to suppress damaging information about their party.
Social media companies have long denied claims of ideological bias.
Trump has frequently shared right-wing conspiracies and disinformation on Twitter, which in recent months has attached warnings that he was spreading misleading or false information.
In response, Trump has called on Congress to repeal Section 230, the bill protecting social media giants from legal responsibility for all of the content posted on their platforms.