Donald Trump took to Twitter to smear John Bolton saying he was “one of the dumbest people in government”. Surprisingly, Twitter did not flag this information as false, adding a level of validity to the claims of the president.
John Bolton was one of the dumbest people in government that I’ve had the “pleasure” to work with. A sullen, dull and quiet guy, he added nothing to National Security except, “Gee, let’s go to war.” Also, illegally released much Classified Information. A real dope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
Twitter has now begun playing ministry of truth by taking it upon themselves to label president Trump’s tweets with indicators warning the reader they are in-fact reading inaccurate information. In doing so, Twitter has also endorsed virtually every one of his other tweets they do not label as false.
If Donald Trump claims John Bolton is a dumb war-hawk who illegally releases classified info, and Twitter does not claim this information to be inaccurate, then surely it must be true.
This is the entire argument against social media websites who enjoy the freedom from the consequences of being a publisher.
Under section 230, the three big tech monopolies all have protection and blanket immunity for what is posted on their platforms as long they stay as neutral platforms under the law.