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Newt Gingrich: Twitter on 'Dangerous Path,' Could Face Regulation

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2020 01:15 PM

Twitter is "going down a very dangerous path" with its decision to fact-check President Donald Trump's tweets and could find itself becoming a "regulated public institution" rather than a private company, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned Wednesday morning. 

"What Twitter called fact-check is not true," Gingrich said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "They went to left-wing publications to get a left-wing version."

Gingrich's comments followed Trump's threats to either regulate or shut down social media platforms that "totally silence conservatives’ voices" after Twitter added fact-check labels and information to two of his posts about mail-in voting in California, linking to other tweets and news items on the subject.

"The president is correct," said Gingrich. "We have seen a lot of theft of vote, we have seen a lot of mail being lost. There are all sorts of challenges with going through an all-mail program for voting."

Meanwhile, other tech giants like Facebook and Google are silencing conservative voices as well, said Gingrich. 

"You look at some of these people, and they are totally out of touch with everyday America," said Gingrich. "I think that at some point they are going to run a real risk of having some interventions that I don't want to see happen, but you can't have a free speech dominated by an institution which is determined only to allow [one] side to speak."

Further, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have a "track record" of becoming more anti-conservative, said Gingrich, so it's not all about Trump. 

"It's anyone in America who has a traditional value and a traditional sense of patriotism or a sense of American history," said Gingrich. "All of them are under siege in the social media groups."

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Twitter is "going down a very dangerous path" with its decision to fact-check President Donald Trump's tweets and could find itself becoming a "regulated public institution" rather than a private company, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned Wednesday morning...
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