Fox & Friends tells Trump to leave Twitter

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News
·2 min read

Whether or not Trump leaves the White House is yet to be seen, but his pals at Fox & Friends are urging him to walk away from Twitter.

Likening the social media platform’s fact-checking to censorship, the show’s hosts — who famously refrain from reining-in the president – said their recurring guest deserves better treatment.

“Why do you patronize a big-tech company like this when they continue to show a lack of respect for you?” host Brian Kilmeade wondered Thursday morning.

Twitter has flagged numerous tweets from the president since Election Day on the grounds that “Some or all of the content shared in (the) Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”

That content revolved around Trump’s unfounded claims that voter fraud is to blame for Democrat Joe Biden’s growing electoral lead as ballots are counted.

Kilmeade contended that if Trump left Twitter, where the president has 88.3 million followers, it could prompt a mass exodus by right-wingers who are frustrated with the platform’s fact-checking standards.

“MySpace was big too at one point,” he warned.

Fox News' boss Rupert Murdoch purchased that content sharing platform for $580 million in 2005 and sold it for $35 million in 2011, according to NPR. Murdoch conceded “we screwed up in every way possible” with that site, which reportedly averaged 70 million unique visitors per month at its peak.

“A lot of people are going to Parler now,” host Ainslee Earhart said Thursday.

Parler bills itself as a “free speech social network." Its CEO has criticized Twitter’s handling of the president’s rhetoric.

While President Trump has been largely supportive of Fox News — and vice versa — the right-wing cable channel angered the president’s campaign team on Election Night by being among the first to call Arizona for Biden. The president has also expressed frustration with Fox News pollsters, who projected Biden would beat him by 8 points last week.

Thursday morning’s “Fox & Friends” segment was captured by Bobby Lewis, who live-tweets the morning program.

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