Yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order stripping biased social media platforms ‘liability shield’ that protected them from being sued for content posted to their social media platforms. And it’s about time – America is fed up with political bias censorship! ?
Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship. By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Online platforms are engaging in selective censorship that is harming our national discourse. Tens of thousands of Americans have reported, online platforms “flagging” content as inappropriate, even though it does not violate any stated terms of service; making unannounced and unexplained changes to company policies that have the effect of disfavoring certain viewpoints; and deleting content and entire accounts with no warning, no rationale, and no recourse.
Twitter now selectively decides to place a warning label on certain tweets in a manner that clearly reflects political bias. Twitter seems never to have placed such a label on another politician’s tweet. As recently as last week, Adam Schiff was continuing to mislead his followers by peddling the long-disproved Russian Collusion Hoax, and Twitter did not flag those tweets. Unsurprisingly, its officer in charge of so-called ‘Site Integrity’ has flaunted his political bias in his own tweets.
Section 1. Policy.Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.
In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet. This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators.
The growth of online platforms in recent years raises important questions about applying the ideals of the First Amendment to modern communications technology. Today, many Americans follow the news, stay in touch with friends and family, and share their views on current events through social media and other online platforms. As a result, these platforms function in many ways as a 21st century equivalent of the public square.
On my FidoSysop Facebook page I share mostly screenshots of tweets taken with my iPhone. Share articles that seem factual. I also share these blog posts to my page. But recently I’m being attacked by the Facebook fact-check police. Their really nitpicking my shared links and in essence issuing digital arrest warrants for my page. This narrated screen video outlines my thoughts! ?
Meanwhile as Minneapolis Burns this talking head says, “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly.” He is clearly a part of the problem. This is RIOTING and STEALING but DNC lobbyist’s calls it a protest. What part of Lawless don’t he understand? 😡
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see. As President, I have made clear my commitment to free and open debate on the internet. Such debate is just as important online as it is in our universities, our town halls, and our homes. It is essential to sustaining our democracy. Read the rest on wh.gov.
It’s all coming to a head. Google is being hit with an Antitrust action by the Department Of Justice. ObamaGate is unraveling fast as Bill Barr and John Durham announce criminal referrals being filed against the Mueller Team. It will be the largest D.C. scandal ever known, making Watergate sound like chump change in comparison. America deserves much better – so turn the hate peddlers off!
I'm an outspoken good ole southern boy. Fidonet computer bulletin board system operator, hobbyist webmaster, and MAGA blogger. Just hanging out in cyberspace keeping up with tech, 'blogging my opinion' without beating around the bush!