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Trump says social media censorship discriminates against Republicans

President Trump with social media logo Twitter in this photo illustration. Photo illustration: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

In an series of early Saturday morning tweets, the president went after social media platforms for "totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices," arguing "Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!"

The big picture: Major social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Spotify and Pinterest, have recently removed Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account for violating standards by posting hate speech that "attacks or dehumanizes" others. Tech companies that embrace openness and free speech as a part of their corporate values and business models are grappling with how to handle content that is deemed unacceptable to most people, but embraced by a small few.

U.S. government pressures Facebook to wiretap its Messenger app

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The Facebook Messenger app on an iPad. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook is pushing back against the U.S. government after it was asked to break end-to-end encryption on its Messenger app to eavesdrop on a specific user as part of an investigation of the MS-13 gang in California, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Facebook would either have to remove encryption from the app altogether or hack the Messenger app for the user the government is requesting, which sets a precedent for requests moving forward. If Facebook is forced to comply it could create privacy issues moving forward for millions of users.