President Trump has taken the extraordinary step of threatening to close down social media platforms.
The threat came after Twitter added fact-check links to his tweets for the first time.
The battle between the president and the social-media companies has been brewing for a time.
But now it feels as though an all-out war is looming between Donald Trump and Twitter ahead of the US presidential election, in November.
Last night, a couple of Trump tweets raging about “fraudulent” postal ballots in US elections featured – for some users but not all – a strapline linking to what Twitter called “facts about mail-in ballots.”
This then led to a page debunking the president’s claims but featuring articles from two organisations he regards as his sworn enemies, CNN and the Washington Post.
It took him no time to fight back.
Then, on Wednesday morning, the president woke up and raised the temperature even further with this two-part tweet:
“Republicans feel that social-media platforms totally silence conservatives voices.
“We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.
“We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.
“We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that… happen again – just like we can’t let largescale mail-in ballots take root in our country.
“It would be a free-for-all on cheating, forgery and the theft of ballots.
“Whoever cheated the most would win.
“Likewise, social media.
“Clean up your act, now.”