the crackdown against Alex Jones and various other pundits on
Twitter and other social media outlets, on Saturday morning
President Trump joined the big tech censorship debate, and accused
social media of "totally discriminating against
Republican/Conservative voices", claiming that the Trump
administration "won't let that happen", and arguing that the
platforms should allow both "good and bad" content online amid an
escalating debate over social media’s growing censorship and role
in policing content online.
Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative
voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration,
we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of
many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to
others," Trump tweeted.
tweet follows just hours after prominent anti-war activist Caitlin
the latest voice to be temporarily
suspended on Twitter without an explanation for what triggered the
ban except to note that she violated our rules against abusive
account, caitoz has been suspended for violating the Twitter
our rules against abusive behavior.
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also follows growing allegations by Republicans that social media
platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are biased against them,
and GOP lawmakers have held multiple congressional hearings on the
subject. The two platforms, along with Apple and Spotify, were
recently scrutinized over the decision to suspend Alex Jones, a
controversial right-wing host, over "hate speech."
initially siding against censorship, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
defended the decision to suspend the accounts of Alex Jones and
that Jones was posting content that broke
the platform's terms of service and needed a "pause" to reconsider
forward to today when Trump, who appeared on Jones' show in 2015,
blasted "censorship" and added that he has not called for CNN and
MSNBC to be “removed” despite their “fake news” broadcasts
although one can imagine the media fallout from such a call. Trump
frequently blasts content critical toward his administration as
“fake news,” with CNN and NBC News his most frequent targets.
is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police,”
he continued. “If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing
so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick
behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of
salt, or don’t watch at all.”
also suggested that the so-called "fact-checkers" and other people
"making the choices" on limiting content online cannot be trusted.
Trump's solution: "Let everybody participate, good & bad, and
we will all just have to figure it out!"
Trump warned that his administration would “look into” alleged
“shadowbanning” of conservatives on the platform, although there
has yet to be any concrete steps taken in that regard even though
Twitter has admitted that a new policy to suppress hate speech
"unintentionally" reduced the search results for some Republican
response, Facebook launched
a review of policies possibly impacting
conservative voices and other communities in May.