White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday appeared to warn that the Trump administration would bring “additional lawsuits” against social media companies for attempting to curb the spread of misinformation ahead of the presidential election.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Meadows argued that the online platforms are biased against conservatives and invoked their efforts to stop the sharing of dubious claims about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
“They have two standards: one for one campaign, one for the other. But I do believe that additional lawsuits will be filed perhaps as early as today to go after that,” Meadows said.
“Listen, it’s not just the campaigns,” he added. “They’re now starting to censor, actually, reporters. That’s a dangerous place for them to go when they’re the arbiter of what they deem to be the truth.”
The remarks from President Donald Trump’s top aide follow days of outrage from Republicans over Facebook’s and Twitter’s measures to counter the dissemination of unsubstantiated accusations against the Bidens published by the New York Post.
The allegations, pushed by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, have drawn widespread skepticism for potentially being part of a Russian influence operation perpetrated in the final weeks before Election Day.
Meadows’ threat of litigation also comes after Twitter briefly locked Trump’s reelection campaign account last Thursday for amplifying the Biden claims, leading the president to predict that the social media controversy is “going to all end up in a big lawsuit.”
“There are things that can happen that are very severe that I’d rather not see happen,” Trump told Fox Business in an interview. “But it’s probably going to have to.”