ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Trump said on Tuesday he thinks social media platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter are colluding against him.
Speaking at a news conference with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Trump said, "something's happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook, Google, and Twitter and I do think we have to get to the bottom of it." Earlier, Trump said he will look into Facebook's decision to block public comments by White House social media director Dan Scavino.
Scavino posted a screen shot late on Monday of a message from Facebook saying he was temporarily blocked from making public comments because some of his comments had been reported as spam.
Facebook said the issue was an "unintended consequence" of the platform's policy on spam, adding, it has been in touch with Scavino and has apologized to him.
Explaining the error, Facebook said it caps the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time as to stop automated bots.
"These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case," a Facebook spokesperson said.
WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me - on my own Facebook Page!!??
People have the right to know.
Why are you silencing me???
Please LMK!" Scavino said in his post earlier.
Trump pounced on the issue.
"I will be looking into this!" Trump said in a Twitter post.
Facebook said the issue is "content-agnostic and is solely about addressing potentially scammy repetitive behavior."