Trump vs. Social Media

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by Paul Murano  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 28, 2020   

Executive order protects free speech from ideological bias

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President Trump's latest Twitter war is with Twitter.

And it has led to a new executive order against social media companies. 

Due to anti-conservative bias, President Trump has ordered the Justice Department to consult with state attorneys general and direct the Federal Trade Commission — the FTC — to bring lawsuits against social media giants accused of violating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.                                                            

After Twitter slapped two of his tweets with fact-check warnings, Trump was furious. "We don't want them to do mail-in ballots because it's going to lead to total election fraud," he said.

The president is adamant about thwarting the Left's pandemic-opportunistic agenda of election-by-mail. "We are not going to go to voting by mail," he said.                             

He accused Twitter of interfering with the election and has threatened social media platforms that stifle free speech.

He also claims the radical Left has total control over Facebook, Twitter, Google and Instagram.

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin concurs that conservatives are routinely targeted. "I think there's a commonality among many of the people who are being targeted on Facebook and on Twitter — on social media," she said.                       

Lack of transparency and ideological censorship led Mark Zuckerberg to a Senate Committee hearing in 2018. When asked at the hearing whether Facebook has a monopoly, he said, "It certainly doesn't feel like that to me."

Many disagree. And some claim social media giants like YouTube as well as video platforms like Vimeo — which cut off Church Militant two months ago, saying the videos on the CM site are "hate speech" — are purely ideological in their censorship.                  

The new executive order will enforce platform neutrality and will ensure that further interference of political bias will leave social media companies vulnerable to antitrust lawsuits.

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