Donald Trump wants to ‘close up’ the Internet

Donald Trump wants to ‘close up’ the Internet
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Donald Trump wants to shut down the Internet in certain areas in an effort to stop terrorism.

On Monday, Trump spoke at the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and suggested that he would meet with Bill Gates to discuss closing down parts of the internet to curtail its use by ISIS as a recruitment tool.

“We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet,” Trump said. “We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”

But while some countries like North Korea and Egypt have been able to take such measures, it’s just not feasible in the United States. For one thing, there are multiple internet providers, and for another, many of them would have to shut down cell towers and fiber networks in addition to restricting satellite usage. What’s more, there are some foreign servers on U.S. soil that the United States can’t shut down without incurring the consequences either.

So no, Donald Trump, you can’t close the internet.

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Alexander Cooper
Alexander Cooper
Jan 27
Ifthisistrue...Iwouldn'tbesurprised
Anastasia Milleur
Anastasia Milleur
Jan 27
Putinish, don't you think?
Keith Neal
Keith Neal
Jan 27
what about the constitution hes getting ridiculous
Mark Miller
Mark Miller
Jan 27
@Keith Neal
constitution applies to USA and its citizens once a citizen or communication attempts to leave the borders of the USA constitution does not apply. look up eschelon.
Richrd Gillespie
Richrd Gillespie
Jan 27
he's the biggest fool of all orange face p***y grabbing child molesting bastard
Mark Miller
Mark Miller
Jan 27
yes would be very difficult as a net signal to one country could easily be transfered to a place that is closed logistically very difficult but not impossible. would require cooperation from all the world's nations
Marilyn Pera
Marilyn Pera
Jan 27
Close up his mouth
Vera J Braun
Vera J Braun
Jan 27
he(dt)wants to close the internet&the media to I'm sure, cause america knows he is a fraud&we are talking about his trifling a*s constantly&i don't plan to stop until him&his suckerass cronies are gone!
Joan Thomas
Joan Thomas
Jan 27
he needs to stay of tweeter and do his job, such a dummy damn.
Crazy G
Crazy G
Jan 27
because he knows 75 percent of the world hates his freak a*s
Crazy G
Crazy G
Jan 27
Adolf Trump will put your republican a*s in the oven next.
Carina C. Zona
Carina C. Zona
Jan 27
Don't laugh it off b/c he thinks Bill Gates has an on/off switch for us. The agenda is to make his approval a prerequisite for full access.
Junior Robles
Junior Robles
Jan 27
somebody please do something get rid of him.. throw rocks at him til he bleeds..
Carina C. Zona
Carina C. Zona
Jan 28
Don't guffaw "turn off our internet lol". Pay attn. The agenda is to censor access. A la China, full access may req courage & tech know-how.
Steve Honeycutt
Steve Honeycutt
Jan 28
keep every country nose out of the U.S.A but i think. he talking about in fight with iss shut down the internet while fighting in that area where they wont know what hit them .
Arlyn Miller
Arlyn Miller
Jan 28
Why doesn't he shut down his twitter account. He's the worst affender
Kenneth Artis
Kenneth Artis
Jan 28
why he did not do that to the Russian
Tammy Phillips
Tammy Phillips
Jan 28
hey Trump we are not a country that needs a dictator don't start telling people what they can and can't do because we are a free country
John Flowers
John Flowers
Jan 28
uhoh. N**i f*k.
Tammy Phillips
Tammy Phillips
Jan 28
internet has nothing to do with stupid people joining Isis think they care about you stupid stupid stupid stupid people all Isis wants is to recruit suicide bombers you are not cared about nor are you loved by Isis so home and Don't ever join Isis
Dee Chu
Dee Chu
Jan 28
How high is Aaron Donald Trump you better get some better advisors sure somebody who knows something about the internet, and waterboarding being illegal, and things like that. Obviously your current advisers don't know enough otherwise they would have known that waterboarding is illegal. T