Did Trump Order Facebook and Twitter to Require Users to Like and Follow Him?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

  • Published 19 August 2019

Claim

President Trump issued an executive order forcing users of social platforms to follow and/or like the president’s official accounts.

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Labeled Satire
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Origin

On July 11, 2019, the Alternative Facts website published an article positing that President Trump had issued an executive order forcing users of social platforms to follow and/or like the president’s official accounts:

In order to address what he sees as a “growing threat” to his presidency as one source put it, Trump has issued a direct executive order to Facebook and Twitter. According to Trump’s command, the social media companies have been given two weeks to implement a new policy that forces users of the platforms to follow and/or like the president’s official accounts. New users would be automatically registered with likes for and follows of President Trump. Existing users would be given a certain amount of time to comply, and if they do not follow the order, their accounts should be terminated, Trump also ordered.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature:

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