Melania Trump shock: FLOTUS’ stinging message to social media platforms

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The US presidential elections are currently under 100 days away. This November, Americans will cast their vote for their next president: The Democrat Joe Biden or Republican and current President Donald Trump. Last night, Mr Biden gave what has been described as his political “capstone” speech spanning a career of nearly half-a-century.

Mr Biden appears to have an edge over Trump in the polls, yet the vote still hangs in the balance.

Hoping to persuade a swathe of voters, Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States, is expected to give a high-profile Republican National Convention speech next week.

It will look to reflect on Trump’s previous four years in office, and bolster the troops to once again “vote for Trump”.

As reported yesterday, Melania will hope to not repeat her 2016 speech mishap, where she repeated, almost word for word, Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democrat convention address.

Meanwhile, for the last four years the FLOTUS has made her presence in the White House felt, especially surrounding issues such as social media and the negative side effects on vulnerable parts of society, namely, children.

She made clear her opposition to the baggage that comes with social media during a CNN interview ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

She explained: “My passion is helping children and helping women.

“And also I now see in the 21st century the problem of social media.

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“It’s very damaging for children.

“We need to guide them and teach them about social media because I see a lot of negativity on it and we need to help them.

“It has some positive effects as well because this is the world that we now live in – but has equally as much negativity.

“I see more and more children being hurt by it.


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“There’s a lot of bullying that goes on online, I stopped social media a year and a half ago for myself.

“I post some of the stuff but I’m not posting all the time – I’m not an attention seeker, my life is not a photo app.

“I decided not to be on social media anymore because I see the negativity and really, it’s not healthy.”

Trump himself appears to be waging a war on social media, albeit for separate reasons.

The US President has given Bytedance, Tiktok’s owner, 90 days to find a US-based buyer for the app or face being potentially banned from the country.

It comes as Trump accused the social media platform of harvesting US user data and passing it on to the Chinese authorities.

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged that some of the Asian nation’s technology companies were “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party”.

Microsoft is currently in the running to become TikTok’s US owner.

CEO Satya Nadella is currently free from the headaches his competitors have in regards to social media platforms, as Microsoft does not own any video-based social media.

The BBC’s James Clayton explained that should Mr Nadella decide to secure TikTok as an additional asset, the company will be “buying a platform with a lot of politics on it”, which could later on prove detrimental.

Meanwhile, in a bid to curb fears over Chinese data extraction and win over Europe, TikTok has announced it plans to build a $500m (£375m) data centre in Ireland.

It would see all videos, messages and other data generated by European users stored in Ireland as opposed to its headquarters in Beijing or elsewhere in Asia.

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