President Donald Trump just signed an executive order that will protect free speech on social media and regulate how Big Tech can censor their users.
“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers,” Trump said as he signed the order, referring to the “unchecked power” of social media giants.
“They’ve had unchecked power to censor restrict, edit shape hide alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences,” Trump added, according to Breitbart News. He went on to blast the unprecedented amount of power that is wielded by just a few Big Tech social media companies, which we all known are overwhelmingly liberal.
“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of interaction,” Trump said.
“The choices that Twitter makes, when it chooses to suppress, edit, blacklist, shadowban are editorial decisions, pure and simple, they are editorial decisions,” the president added, going on to accuse the companies of carrying out political activism in an “inappropriate” way.
“What they choose to fact check and what they choose to ignore or promote is nothing more than a political activism group,” Trump said.
The president also said that social media companies have “more power and more reach” than any phone company or newspaper or media outlet, which is why they need to be regulated.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr attending the signing of the executive order on Thursday in the Oval Office, and he made it clear that he is firmly behind it.
“These companies grew because they held themselves out as public forums,” Barr said. “Now that they’ve become these very powerful networks of eyeballs. They’ve now switched and they are using that market power to force particular viewpoints.”
Things got contentious at one point in the Oval Office when ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked President Trump why he did not delete his own Twitter account in protest of the site. Without missing a beat, Trump replied, “If you weren’t fake, I would not even think about it, I would do that in a heartbeat.”
This executive order has been a long time coming, as social media companies have clearly shown that they have a clear liberal bias and are hellbent on silencing conservatives. We applaud Trump for making this move, and we hope his order lets Big Tech know that they will not get away with trying to rid the world of rightwing voices.
This piece was written by PoliZette Staff on May 28, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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