White House Finds 15,000 Have Been Censored Online for Political Views

August 12th, 2019 2:55 PM

A draft of an executive order to be released by the White House found that at least 15,000 people had been affected by political censorship online.

CNN reported that a summary of the draft stated that the White House “has received more than 15,000 anecdotal complaints of social media platforms censoring American political discourse.” The Trump administration is preparing to share some of these complaints with the FTC. CNN reported on August 9 that the order is currently titled “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship.” 

The complaints were gathered from the Trump administration’s website which asked for users to report their instances of bias at the hands of social media companies like Facebook and Google. In the spirit of this, the FTC will be asked by the administration to open a “public complaint docket” for these complaints. 

The FTC will also be asked to work with the FCC on a report investigating social media platforms and their curating processes. 

The proposal would also narrow the protections of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. If a platform is found to be removing or suppressing content “without notifying the user,” or is done deceptively, then the immunity will be revoked. 

The liberal media has complained that there is no evidence for social media censorship of conservatives. Even as Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had an official campaign account suspended from Twitter for reporting on violence against the senator, people like Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) still said there was “no evidence.”