Recently, news has swirled that the White House is preparing to address social media’s censorship of conservatives. This comes as more evidence emerges that Facebook and other giant sites are cracking down on speech as we near the election. Mike Pence was asked about Silicon Valley’s history of censoring conservatives. He made this vow.
For years, we’ve seen major social media platforms adjust their speech rules to single out conservatives. They’ve claimed they are trying to create “safe” and fun environments for everyone. But it appears their “anti-hate” speech guidelines disproportionately affect Trump supporters. If you are a liberal, you will most-likely not face any repercussions for breaking their rules.
Conservatives, on the other hand, deal with countless ways social media sites delegitimize their opinions and content. From removing blue check marks to shadow banning their pages, social networks have invented all kinds of ways of stopping users from finding or respecting conservative speakers.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, social media sites have taken greater steps to push their political agenda. Walking in lockstep with Democrats, China, and WHO, sites like Facebook and YouTube have taken down legitimate sources of information that contradict their agenda of fearmongering and prolonged lockdowns.
They’ve turned the issue into a political battle, with conservatives seeking facts and freedom and liberals demanding fear and punishment. It is just the latest example of liberal social networks abusing their power to limit free speech online.
Mike Pence recently discussed this issue, promising that the Trump administration will not tolerate it.
“Well, the president has made it very clear that we are not going to tolerate censorship on the Internet and social media against conservatives,” Pence said. “We’re just not going to tolerate it.”
Pence, in his interview with Breitbart News, made clear conservative media voices are key to the public getting accurate information in this election year. Pence said that given the fact the vast majority of the establishment media has gotten several major stories—from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to impeachment and more—wrong, the public needs more voices not less to get the truth. [Source: Breitbart]
Pence’s words echo recent news that the White House is considering a panel to address censorship on social media. The panel would review complaints of bias against conservatives on major websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more. It could involve the creation of a new commission to oversee this endeavor.
The president might also push agencies like the FCC and FEC to investigate bias online. With each new election year, social media sites find new ways to silence or marginalize conservative voices. Even as more and more conservative figures gain popularity, the left is desperately trying to silence them.
The inconvenient reality is that these websites are privately-owned companies and are not beholden to the First Amendment. But nobody in their right mind would defend the practice of American companies silencing the free speech of their users.
Imagine going into a restaurant and being told you could not talk about what you wanted? What would happen if your office denied you the right to speak your mind? Could any brick-and-mortar company get away with silencing or censoring Americans who visit them?
Then why is it allowed online? Why are we so quick to accept Facebook and Google’s pathetic attempts to sway elections by silencing ideas? How is that allowable, under the law?
We need more than just the White House to get involved in this. The entire federal government needs to hold social media giants accountable. Just because they exist in the digital space doesn’t mean they are allowed to deny Americans their God-given freedoms.
Unless we see major moves to end their censorship, we can expect more freedoms to be erode by the left.