For a long time now we have all known that the social media giants are basically silencing conservative voices out there. The fact that this is brazenly happening in the open incenses President Trump and Americans. Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and others should consider where this censorship leads… and it is nowhere good for them and their longevity.
Conservatives find themselves in the precarious position of ‘needing’ social media and being unable to stop the persecution of those on the right. Their voices are being silenced more and more. I’ve talked to many who just don’t know what to do and no billionaire on the right seems willing to take the initiative and risk building a fair social media platform out there.
Enter President Trump who is apparently working on this Gordian Knot behind the scenes. Supposedly, a leaked draft of a potential executive order from the White House is making the rounds at the media outlets. It aims to bring accountability to the standard operating procedures of social media giants.
The White House is reportedly working on a memorandum for President Donald Trump to sign that would direct government agencies to “thoroughly investigate” big tech companies like Google and Facebook on their bias against conservatives. They would also look into these companies and any attempts at swaying elections.
I have said for quite a while now, hit them in their wallets by taking away government funding and their status as unbiased social platforms. That would really hurt their profits and they obviously are not ‘unbiased’ and never really were. Lawfare and utilizing taxation status as a form of sanctions is the kind of thing the left would do, so why not fight fire with fire?
I watched as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. He just wouldn’t answer Cruz’s questions because he knew the real answers were damning. Although Zuckerberg and others deny censorship, what is happening out in the open at their companies says the exact opposite.
The leaked draft specifically refers to a social media company’s “exercise of bias” as one way it could exercise “market power in a way that harms consumers.” That is very, very true. It has already happened to a number of large conservative outlets. The document is just preliminary but it shows that Trump is looking into how to take swift action to stop these liberal billionaires from silencing those they don’t agree with.
From the Conservative Tribune:
“Business Insider published excerpts of the draft order. Its focus centers on investigative authority of anti-trust violations by social media giants.
“… Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms. Vibrant competition in the online ecosystem is essential to ensuring accountability for the platforms that hold so much sway over our economy and democratic process.”
“Section 2. Agency Responsibilities. (a) Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition among online platforms (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition and ensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.”
“… (b) Agencies with authority to investigate anti-competitive conduct shall thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws, as defined in subsection (a) of the first section of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 12, or any other law intended to protect competition.”
“Trump’s comments on Twitter seem to validate the complaints of conservatives that social media titans are stacking the deck against their voice.
“Bloomberg reported that social media companies have acknowledged to “erroneous” targeting of figures on both sides of the political spectrum, but have fallen short of confirming a liberal bias in their operations.
“Social media companies have acknowledged in congressional hearings that their efforts to enforce prohibitions against online harassment have sometimes led to the erroneous punishment of political figures on both the left and the right and that once discovered, those mistakes have been corrected. They say there’s no systematic effort to silence conservative voices.”
“It’s not a stretch to say that the only people who believe that are liberals.”
….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
These social media giants are private businesses. We should proceed very cautiously when it comes to government interference in private business operations. We must be mindful of constitutional precedent here and not have the federal government step in on this. It’s one of the reasons this situation is so hard to navigate. They are using our own freedoms against us here.
The anti-trust approach may be the effective and fair way to bring justice to a situation in which conservatives have felt oppressed at the hands of liberal bias. Conservatives, especially constitutional conservatives, don’t want the government interfering in private businesses. It smacks of fascism.
But using anti-trust laws is another matter entirely. Perhaps if these social media titans realize what is waiting in the wings if they don’t clean up their acts, they will reconsider their censorship. And they fear President Trump. Maybe they should.