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President Trump widened his charges against tech companies this afternoon and said Google, Twitter and Facebook "are really treading on very, very, troubled territory and they have to be careful."
Why it matters: This morning, Trump went after Google for favoring left-leaning news over right-leaning publications. The president has now targeted Twitter and Facebook as well as Google, fueling even more speculation around possible government intervention in the operations of the three most popular social media companies — one of which he relies on daily to reach his base.
Per the White House pool report:
“I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people. And I think that is a very serious thing and it is a very serious charge. I think what Google and what others are doing, if you look at what is going on with Twitter and if you look at what’s going on in Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it. We have tremendous, we have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can’t do that. And so I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.”— Trump