U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted the efforts of big business to impose censorship, saying Thursday night that section 230, a provision within the Communications Decency Act, should be removed “for national security purposes.”
The provision protects platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from being held responsible for the content posted by their users or third parties. In that sense, it requires them to act in a neutral manner to be protected from the application of such laws.
According to Gateway Pundit, popular social networks have become publishers, making decisions about what kind of content users can publish. Currently, they maintain blatant censorship against content that reveals massive fraud in the U.S. elections.
The most recent restrictive action by Twitter was directed against attorney Sidney Powell, who, through her Twitter account, made public a 104-page document detailing the allegations of election fraud in Georgia and another 75-page document revealing fraud in Michigan to favor Joe Biden.
Also, Twitter has tagged most of President Trump’s messages, claiming the information is debatable and subject to verification.
President Trump also criticized the social network for inventing content about Thanksgiving and then going viral to “silence the truth.”
“Twitter is sending out totally false ‘Trends’ that have absolutely nothing to do with what is really happening in the world. They make it up, and only negative ‘stuff.’ The same thing will happen to Twitter and to @FoxNews during the day. Plus, great conservative discrimination,” the president wrote on Nov. 26.
“For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!,” Trump added in another tweet on Nov. 27.
According to the New York Post, last May, President Trump signed an executive order to reduce the protections described in Section 230.
At the time, the president said, “A small handful of powerful social networking monopolies have unlimited power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, conceal, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences.
President Trump also questioned the platform’s decision to suspend the account of Pennsylvania Senator Doug Mastriano.
“Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job leading a hearing on the 2020 election fraud,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
In response to the censorship measure, Mastriano wrote: “This censorship is unacceptable in America. A nation that I served for most of my adult life … The point of Twitter suspending this personal account is to prevent me from posting to my Senate account—to silence our voice.”
The suspension by the social network of the Republican Senator’s account came after he held a hearing on allegations of voter fraud in the state of Keystone.