Twitter Censors Trump’s Tweets Within Hours of White House Order Supposedly Preventing Big Tech Censorship
Many are questioning the effectiveness — and even the intent — of Trump’s supposedly anti-censorship order. After all, won’t taking away common carrier legal protections from such platforms, making them now liable for whatever users say, cause them to increase censorship?
NPR RECENTLY reported:
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies, two days after he tore into Twitter for “fact-checking” [adding critical, contradictory text to] two of his tweets.
“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history, frankly,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “A small handful of powerful social media monopolies control the vast portion of all private and public communications in the United States.”
The president said the tech companies have “unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter” a large sphere of human interaction. “They have points of view,” he said.
The Trump administration hopes the order will eventually set the stage for new regulations on tech platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
But legal experts said they were doubtful the move would have any practical effect on the tech giants. Legal observers described the action as “political theater,” arguing that the order does not change existing federal law and will have no bearing on federal courts.
The president, who often uses Twitter as a megaphone to tout his victories and blast his critics to his more than 80 million followers, said Thursday that if he had the legal authority to do so, he would completely shut down Twitter.
“I think I’d be hurting it very badly if we didn’t use it anymore,” Trump said from the White House. “We have other sites we can use, I guess, or we’d have to develop other sites.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that the platform will continue to warn users about factual distortions on it.
“This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth,’ ” Dorsey wrote on Twitter. “Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.”
Dorsey’s comment was an apparent response to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who told Fox News earlier Wednesday that social media companies should stay out of the business of weighing in on what is true or not.
“Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that,” Zuckerberg said.
Neither Zuck nor Dorsey have good records on free speech, with Zuck openly (and pretty ineffectively, ha ha) “banning” White nationalist speech, while allowing Black, Jewish, and every other kind of nationalism free rein.
Gab’s Andrew Torba, whose social media platform has a better record than most others when it comes to allowing racially conscious Whites to speak their minds (and is passionately hated and technically hobbled for it), thinks that the President’s actions will have the opposite effect of his stated intentions:
Yesterday President Trump signed a social media executive order [EO] that specifically mentioned Twitter. Twitter doesn’t seem too concerned or scared, nor should they be as many legal experts have weighed in and stated that this EO doesn’t hold much weight. The executive order goes after CDA [Communications Decency Act] Section 230. This is bad….
It’s easy to get excited that action is finally being taken against the Silicon Valley oligarchs, but this isn’t the right solution.
Section 230 protects American companies from foreign authorities with far less liberal speech regimes than our own. Using executive power to water down Section 230 is a horrible idea and will inevitably harm alternative technology startups like Gab in the long run….
From our standpoint, the mobile app ecosystems are the biggest choke point, particularly with Apple which does not permit iPhone users to direct-download third party applications to their phones. Apple and Google have an unquestionable duopoly on mobile app distribution with 98% market share.
We believe the big tech companies have sufficiently close connections between them that they can and do collude to remove competitors. Gab is the perfect example of this abuse of market power in action, being banned by both Apple and Google app stores for refusing to censor “offensive” speech. Of course anyone who has ever visited Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit knows that there is plenty of “offensive” speech on those websites, yet they are allowed to remain on both app stores.
Apple should lose its stranglehold over what apps users can download on iPhones, Google should be broken up, and the individual corporate officers responsible for these anticompetitive practices should be individually punished.
Google is a vast repository of private information and we believe that their App Store dominance is only one small part of their anticompetitive activity across the wider economy — which includes dominance over SEO, advertising and the flow of dollars to online publishers, as evidenced by a recent $1.7 billion antitrust fine levied against Google by European regulators.
We believe that an antitrust investigation of these companies will reveal all manner of anticompetitive conduct in areas as diverse as search ranking, advertising, mobile app distribution, browser bundling, and even browser performance…
This morning Twitter once again editorialized one of the President’s tweets, but this time they took it a step further. They totally covered up his entire tweet with their editorial comment and made it so the President’s tweet could not be commented on or liked by anyone on the site.
Not a word about Jewish power, of course, which is the real elephant in the room, the real subject being discussed in coded language. Unless the Jews’ stolen wealth, and their power over our minds and our pens and our governments and our economies is ended, little else matters.
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Source: National Vanguard correspondents