(Liberty Bell) – The First Amendment is the cornerstone of our republic.
In a system for the people and by the people, it is imperative that the free flow of speech and information is not hindered, most particularly by platforms that have become the de facto public square in the new millennium.
Social media outlets may be private companies, but they are massive private companies with the potential (one they are exercising) to seriously influence public opinion and what is deemed truth.
Most of these Silicon Valley giants are quite open with their political biases, and where they deny any bias exists, the accounts that they censor, and those they let have free reign, are dead giveaways.
Conservatives, Christians, and anyone else who challenges mainstream progressive narratives find themselves at constant risk of flagging, shadow banning, censorship, or outright exclusion from networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google-owned YouTube.
It’s chilling to think what they’re capable of, especially ahead of such an important election.
Thankfully, the Trump administration has always vowed to fight back against this disturbing infringement on free speech.
On Wednesday, the White House confirmed that the Department of Commerce has filed a petition to the Federal Communications Commission challenging the regulation of Big Tech social media outlets that have for too long been censoring free speech.
“President Trump will continue to fight back against unfair, un-American, and politically biased censorship of Americans online,” the statement from the White House press secretary said, according to Breitbart News.
The White House explained that the petition to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was filed on Monday.
“The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability,” the statement from the White House said.
The petition also implores that “the FCC clarify when an online platform curates content in ‘good faith,’ and requests transparency requirements on their moderation practices.”
Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple executives are scheduled to testify digitally at the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about the power of online platforms, putting online censorship in focus for Americans ahead of the election.
In May, Trump signed an executive order to check the power of online social media companies to censor conservatives online.
“They’ve had unchecked power to censor, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens and large public audiences,” he said. “There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of human interaction.”