The Trump administration has issued an executive order banning social media sites from posting the president’s personal information, but it has not made any mention of the social media site.
The order was signed Tuesday by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who said in a statement that the ban would prevent “fake news” from being published.
“We know that fake news has infected many parts of our public discourse, and it’s critical that we protect our communities from this malicious threat,” Zinke said in the statement.
“The president has a responsibility to protect the American people, and we must all be clear about who is responsible for what we see on social media.”
The order prohibits the websites from making “false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent claims,” and directs agencies to “take appropriate actions to protect privacy and civil liberties” and “not to use the information they collect for purposes other than those specifically permitted by law.”
In the statement, Zinke also noted that “fake or misleading content” was the “most common” way for the president to reach people and had “caused damage to the trust between American citizens and the public.”
The ban is a first for Trump and is the second such order he has issued in his first 100 days in office.
He signed an executive directive in February blocking Twitter from using the president as a platform to share political content.
In January, the president also ordered that Facebook allow him to direct users to “a page containing the content of my personal account,” and he has ordered that Twitter allow him “to share my personal information with third parties.”