In the years since the 2016 Election, Americans have watched as social media giants silenced, shut down, and censored conservatives. Major sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube frequently prevent Trump supporters from spreading their views. The president has frequently threatened to take action. Now, it appears there is movement, as several state attorneys general met at the White House.
While everyone is distracted by riots and other commotion, Trump is using the last few months before re-election to get amazing things done. Recently, he brokered deals between Israel and numerous Arab states. He’s securing measures to protect children who survive abortion. And it appears he is going to appoint another Supreme Court justice.
He’d said we’d get tired of winning. I don’t think we’ve reached the limit, yet.
Now it appears Trump is taking actions to crack down on a scourged that’s hurt millions of Americans. So-called “free” platforms online, that make billions thanks to your use of them, have been censoring anyone right of center. Major online social networks have shown they discriminate heavily anyone with a conservative point of view—to the point that many have been kicked off their websites for doing nothing wrong.
(While liberals can make death threats and get away with it.)
Trump has frequently called out this gross double standard and called on Congress to act. As usual, Congress refused to do its job. So, Trump and state AGs are stepping in.
Nine state attorneys general concerned that tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google are censoring conservatives are working with President Trump to discuss remedies to level the playing field.
“In recent years, a small group of powerful technology platforms have tightened their grip over commerce and communications in America,” Trump said at the White House after the meeting Tuesday. “They’ve used this power to engage in unscrupulous business practices while simultaneously waging war on free enterprise and free expression. At the urging of the radical left, these platforms have become intolerant of diverse political views and abusive toward their own users. And I think we could say as abusive as you could possibly be, in some cases.”
The state attorneys general joined U.S. Attorney General William Barr alongside U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to discuss possible changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That provision provides broad civil immunity to online platforms, both for hosting and for removing third-party content. [Source: Just the News]
While we could end online censorship immediately through an act of Congress, the president can use the power of the DOJ and other groups to enforce Section 230. That provision gives online platforms immunity, as long as they’re not in the business of publishing content. That means sites like Facebook, etc. are immune from certain forms of legal action, because they claim to not be responsible for what users post.
But when these social networks actively take down your MAGA or COVID posts? They have clearly become publishers who wish to control what visitors see (the same as websites like Fox News or CNN). In that case, Attorney General Barr and others have grounds to go after them. The government can take these companies to court and prove they are violating the terms of Section 230—and they are vulnerable to legal action.
That can very well get these websites to change their policies immediately. If they want to enjoy being “free” platforms (that make billions the information they take from you), they can’t be classified as publishers. Then, they’d have to approve every post you make—which would be their deaths.
Their only chance is to stop censoring content. But will they wake up and do that? Or will Trump have to take them to court?
I think you know the answer.