In a message on Christmas Eve, President Trump again denounced the limits on freedom of expression imposed by Twitter and warned of the importance of eliminating Section 230, which exempts Big Tech from responsibility for its published content.
President Trump launched his latest criticism of Twitter on Christmas Eve, accusing the company of “going wild with their flags” and “trying hard to suppress even the truth,” referring to the continued censorship and “unfounded claim” marks imposed by the company on any message from voices denouncing electoral fraud or taking a stand against leftist policies.
“Just shows how dangerous they are, purposely stifling free speech. Very dangerous for our Country.” Trump added. “Does Congress know that this is how Communism starts? Cancel Culture at its worst.”
Twitter is going wild with their flags, trying hard to suppress even the truth. Just shows how dangerous they are, purposely stifling free speech. Very dangerous for our Country. Does Congress know that this is how Communism starts? Cancel Culture at its worst. End Section 230!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2020
President Trump also reiterated his call for an end to Section 230, a provision of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that provides protection for social networking companies from liability in connection with content published on their platforms by third parties.
The law has long been in President Trump’s sights, even being cited by him as the main reason for Wednesday’s veto of the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2021. He also characterized the bill as a “gift” to the Chinese Communist Party and Russia.
“Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we are doing at every step,” President Trump said among his arguments for vetoing the bill. “Section 230 facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which is a serious threat to our national security and election integrity. It must be repealed.”
The law allows companies to block or filter content “in good faith” if they consider it “obscene, lewd, excessively violent, harassing, or objectionable.” However, in practice, this margin allowed social networks to end up acting as news editors seeking to silence their opponents, rather than carrying out a task of general control and objectivity as it should be.
Before the elections, and to this day, Twitter has intensified its control over President Trump’s publications and all media and users who are aligned with the president in the claims of the scandalous electoral fraud.
Beginning with a Nov. 12 update, the social networking company applied labels, warnings, and other restrictions to more than 300,000 posts from Oct. 27 to Nov. 11 for content they classified as “contentious and potentially misleading. This was admitted by the company’s own CEO when he was held accountable for monopoly and censorship allegations in Congress.
This number represents approximately 0.2% of all U.S. election-related tweets issued in that time period.
President Trump pointed to Congress and asked, “Does Congress know that this is how communism begins?” Censorship and lying are two fundamental pillars of communism; it is of the utmost importance to maintain our freedom and democracy to continue denouncing these abuses of Big Media.