Speaking as Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs appeared in the US Senate on Wednesday, president Trumpâs second son went on Fox News to allege that tech companies had censored his account, and other Republicans.
And that, according to the 36-year-old, was the ânumber one issueâ in US politics at present.
âYou better believe they also have their fingers on the dial,â he told Fox Newsâs Laura Ingraham, as he complained about receiving less likes on his social media posts.
âI mean, if I put something out they disagree with, the numbers are down. I can just see based on engagements and likes,â Mr Trump argued, âYou can too on yours,"
Alleging that social media sites were âcensoring â right-wing commentators and politicians, Mr Trump went on to complain that Democrats had not been censored in the same way, saying âitâs grossâ.
âBut Americans are seeing through it, believe me, Americans see through it. And quite frankly, the one thing you don't want to do to Americans is take away their free speech,â he went on.
âIt's our first amendment right for a reason, and I'm telling you people aren't happy about it,â he added. âI think itâs actually probably become the number one issue in politics.â
Those comments, though without basis, came as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's Sundar Pichai answered questions on content moderation policies in the US Senate.
Republicans went on the attack, alleging that Twitter and Facebook censored a disputed New York Post story about Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, last week.
Democrats meanwhile, called Republican questioning an âembarrassmentâ, with senator Richard Blumenthal saying tech companies were âlabelling misinformation from our president as what it isâ.
The president has maintained calls for reform of a law known as Section 230, which Republicans claim has allowed censorship of conservative opinions online.