Yesterday, President Trump signed a massive executive order aimed at ending years-long censorship of conservatives online. The historic order is leveraging the power of the executive branch to hold websites accountable for how they treat their users. In reaction, Twitter moves to outright block one of Trump’s tweets.
We talked about the upcoming order aimed at social media. The good news is, Trump signed the order yesterday, and it’s a doozy.
“My executive order calls for new regulations under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make it so that social media companies that engage in censoring any political conduct will not be able to keep their liability shield,” the president said…
“My executive order further instructs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit social media companies from engaging in any deceptive acts or practices affecting commerce. This commerce resides in Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. … Additionally, I’m directing the attorney general to work cooperatively with the states … to enforce their own laws against such deceptive business practices. The states have broad and powerful authority to regulate in this arena.” [Source: Fox News]
If social media networks continue to show signs of singling out conservatives, they will face serious consequences. They could lose federal grants, their legal immunity, and face backlash from the DOJ and FTC (for starters).
It’s clear that Trump is pulling no punches. If websites like Twitter continue to clamp down on free speech, they could be looking at painful consequences.
So, how did Twitter respond? The angry leftists that run the site’s “Integrity” had the gall to censor another one of Trump’s tweets.
This is what you see when you try to read one of Trump’s comments about the Minneapolis riots.
Twitter’s saying, “We don’t like what Trump said, but we will leave it up to shame him.”
Personally, I haven’t even seen this message before on Twitter. It’s obvious they are trying to treat the president differently than other users. Knowing he has such a massive following, they are going out of their way to discredit, shame, and insult the leader of the free world.
What was the original tweet? This: “…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
How was that glorifying violence? Twitter’s censorship board apparently considers Trump’s comment “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” as glorifying violence. Which is the exact opposite of what his message is. Trump is calling out the people who are rioting in the city. He is warning the leaders to end the violence. And he is saying that looting will inevitably lead to greater acts of violence, unless we stop it.
To say he is “glorifying” violence is a distortion and a clear attempt to misrepresent the president. CNN and liberal outlets do it all the time. It’s a form of doublethink. They show you what the president says, then they tell you what it really means. They can’t openly lie about him, but they twist the truth so much, they expect you to believe the exact opposite of what’s real.
But this is just a petty move from a social network about to get hammered by the government. Twitter and all the rest pretend to be open and free platforms for Americans. But they are becoming more and more like publishers who want to restrict what you say or see online. They are no longer acting in good faith, as least not with conservatives.
This censored tweet proves Trump’s point 100%. Social media sites need to be held accountable. They promise a platform for speech, but violate our most sacred rights.
I hope Trump’s EO will bring an end to their schemes. But it might not. The only solution perhaps, is for these websites to be replace by better ones.