A new proposal titled, Protecting Americans from Online Censorship has been drafted by the White House.
Although the draft is still in its early stages and is subject to change, it is designed to allow regulation of social media platforms, according to a CNN report. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would, under the new order, develop new regulations and take a major role in policing how social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook filter articles, posts, or videos on their platforms. These new regulations would affect the way social media sites can suppress or remove content. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would under the new proposal, take the new regulations into account when investigating any claims or filing lawsuits against the tech companies.
Under the new order, companies such as Google and Facebook would lose some of the protection afforded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which has been shielding them from liability for much of the content users or other third parties post onto their social media platforms.
President Trump said Twitter has restricted his followers from accessing his account, and has made it difficult for him to communicate with them.
“I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter; they make it very much harder for me to get out the message,” the president told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on June 26.
“If I announced tomorrow that I was going to become a nice liberal Democrat, I would pick up five times more followers,” President Trump added.
The president has used Twitter on many occasions, as a means to talk to people and get his message out, as media bias, or “fake news” as he so often refers to it, is all part of a “witch hunt” against him.
The president tweeted in early June, “Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction. It’s called Freedom of Speech, remember. You are making a Giant Mistake!”
And yet another tweet in August, “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….”
Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018
The White House set up a tip line in May, allowing people to provide proof of social media censorship and repeated bias against conservative media. More than 15,000 complaints of censorship have been received, according to the report obtained from CNN.
The president met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai in the White House, and questioned him about his company’s role in the 2016 election, and also referred to the company’s artificial intelligence work in China.
Kevin Cernekee, a former engineer with Google, claims he was fired because of his conservative views. He has accused the tech giant of bias and alleges Google is conspiring against the president in the 2020 election.
“Google has a lot of mechanisms for manipulating public opinion,” he said during an interview on FOX Business’ Bulls & Bear on August 6. “They’re constantly looking for ways to manipulate the electoral process.”
In a tweet, the president said, “We are watching Google very closely!”