Trump threatens Twitter and Facebook over 'illegal situation' as US coronavirus death toll nears 90,000

Donald Trump has redirected White House messaging on Covid-19: REUTERS
Donald Trump has redirected White House messaging on Covid-19: REUTERS

Donald Trump has vowed to "remedy" what he called the "command and control" of social media and web giants Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google by what he called the "Radical Left".

Commenting on a video showing part of a speech by Michelle Malkin, who has been criticised for backing white nationalist activists, the president said the websites were involved in an "illegal situation", although he declined to say what that was.

He wrote: "The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events. Thank you Michelle!"

Ms Malkin was dropped by the Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth group, following her defence of Nick Fuentes, who has been accused of being a Holocaust denier and white nationalist.

Mr Trump made his comments on Saturday morning as part of a string of attacks on the media, his predecessor Barack Obama and other political opponents.

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Meanwhile the death toll from the coronavirus in the US stood at more than 88,000, with 1.4 million cases.

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