The White House launched a new tool to begin gathering stories of Americans who have had issues with their social media accounts, such as having them banned or suspended for “unclear” violations. The online tool launched Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
President Donald Trump said, “Social media platforms should advance freedom of speech. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies,” the webpage reads. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”
The focus on censorship on social media platforms comes after several conservative congressmen claimed to be victims of censorship.
The tool gathers information from Americans on which social media platform that took action against them. It uses checkboxes and short-answer boxes for more detailed explanations of the kinds of actions that might have been taken, screenshots if available and a bit of personal information to ensure real people are sharing their stories.
Twitter informed The Daily Caller News Foundation, “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”
The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2019
A Twitter account President Trump often visits was suspended for several days, and in a conversation with a Twitter, The Daily Caller News Foundation spoke with a Twitter representative and was told, “His account is in a locked state. He’ll be required to delete a Tweet that violated the Twitter Rules before he can be reinstated,” referring to the profile of pro-Trump memester “Carpe Donktum.”
Asking your followers to fraudulently report a tweet violates the TOS.
Since we are taking memes seriosly… The only shooting that occurs is when Acosta tries to shoot Trump in the back and HE SHOOTS THE GUN.
Please proceed with your TOS violation tho. https://t.co/ZWGpeSKNEA
— Carpe Donktum? (@CarpeDonktum) May 8, 2019
After a temporary suspension, the meme maker @CarpeDonktum was back on Twitter.
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) May 10, 2019
It is unclear what the gathered information will be used for, but what is clear is the president’s stance on ensuring free speech is available to all Americans.