Trump: Justice Might Have to Act Against Edge

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on social media Monday, saying "a lot of things" were being looked into, and the Justice Department might have to take some action. 

He took aim at Big Tech last week in an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, variations on an ongoing theme among conservatives accusing social media of systematic bias against conservatives. 

His most recent veiled threats came in an interview in which Fox News' Tucker Carlson said Google was against the President and doesn't want him reelected. The company has denied there is an institutional bias against Trump, but a Project Veritas undercover video of a Google exec suggesting that was the case has gotten wide play in conservative circles. 

Trump said he had been hearing that Google and Twitter and Facebook didn't want him elected, but pointed out that he had won even though they were "totally against me." 

He said he had heard they had fought hard against his initial election, adding: "They are fighting me hard right now." 

He said a lot of Democrats as well as Republicans want to "shut them up." 

He echoed his criticism of Twitter, saying "they don't treat me right." He said he knew for a fact that Twitter was making it hard for people to follow him. "What they do is wrong and possibly illegal. A lot of things are being looked at right now." 

Carlson pressed the President on whether there was a role for the Justice Department. "There could be," said the President, though he said he did now want to say whether or not they are doing something." 

But he said there are "a lot of people that want us to take action against Facebook and Twitter and Amazon," but would not say whether Justice would do so. 

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.