“The most powerful weapon we have is the internet.
The internet is our last line of defense.”–President Trump Donald John TrumpTop consumer bureau official blasts colleague over blog posts dismissing racism Trump ‘baby blimp’ going to Washington state for first time since election MORE, Oct. 11, 2020.
I’ve seen the internet in my lifetime, and I can tell you it is amazing, but I know there is a limit to what you can do, because you can’t control what the world does.
“- President Donald Trump, Oct 9, 2020The president said the power of the internet lies in “the ability to make it go away.
“He cited the recent blackout of the fake web article “fake news” and its use as a justification for shutting down the internet, saying, “The internet is my firewall.
It’s the last line.
“Trump has repeatedly used the internet as a tool to fight misinformation, with his own administration announcing plans to launch an online blacklist in early 2020.
Trump’s statement has prompted a slew of responses from the White House and other news outlets, including a New York Times editorial board article arguing the president’s tweet is “misleading.”
Trump tweeted Tuesday, “We are taking the fight to the fake media.
We are going to win!
“Trump’s critics pointed to a September report from the Center for Media and Democracy, which found that “more than a quarter of all online advertising, including in the U.S., has been paid to support websites that are not neutral or independent.
“The report said that the ads run on sites that don’t take a position on any political agenda have a negative effect on consumers.
The report also cited data that showed that the use of fake news online has grown significantly over the last three years.
The Center for Data Analysis, a research group that tracks misinformation online, released a report last month that said that online misinformation has grown by 5.5 million people between 2011 and 2020, with fake news having more than tripled in the past year.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Trump has given any indication that he will shut down the fake website.