Trump To Sign Social Media Executive Order On Thursday After 'Fact-Check', Political Bias Exposed

Trump To Sign Social Media Executive Order On Thursday After ‘Fact-Check’, Political Bias Exposed


Update (1830ET):
 Following up on earlier threats, a White House spokesperson has confirmed that President Trump will sign an executive order on Social Media tomorrow.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the remark to reporters aboard Air Force One, traveling with Trump to Washington from Florida.

There are no details of what the order will contain, however, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said today that he is working with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee to craft legislation that would strip social media giants of their Section 230 legal immunity if they fact check content on their platformsaccording to a copy of his podcast which Breitbart News exclusively obtained.

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Gaetz said:

A lot of people don’t see that Facebook and Twitter … you see Twitter disadvantaging the president, they enjoy liability protections that are not enjoyed by your local newspaper or your local TV station, or Fox News, or CNN, or MSNBC. They have special benefits under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as digital platforms because they’re not creating content for which they should be liable. They’re not making decisions about content, they’re simply saying come one, come all with your content. And as a consequence of that, they’re getting a bunch of protections. 

And as Breitbart concludes, noting that the social media companies have become increasingly biased against conservatives, Gaetz questioned whether social media companies deserve to keep their Section 230 immunity.

All of which raises a serious question about the future of these social media giants under a more “media-esque” regulatory framework and points to an obvious line of attack in any executive order that President Trump could be considering.

Don Bongino tweeted a quasi-confirmation of this angle for the executive order:

Twitter made a HUGE mistake. They have now injected themselves into a US election and decided to become editorialists, rather than a platform. ALL platform protections should be immediately revoked and Twitter should be treated as a publisher. They did this to themselves.”

Update (1025ET): That did not take long. As more and more information is exposed about Twitter’s bias, President Trump has tweeted an ominous warning to “Jack” and his crew of social justice warriors..

And Kellyanne follows up with devastating blows…

Kellyanne Conway: “Twitter cannot suppress voices and others can’t suppress votes.”

Update (0845ET): Last night, President Trump slammed Twitter for tagging several of his tweets touting the alleged risks of mail-in ballots as ‘misinformation’, with the president accusing the social media giant of interfering in the 2020 election.

On Wednesday morning, Trump issued a couple more tweets claiming the federal government will “strongly regulate, or close them down” – referring to social media companies who suppress conservative voices in the name of protecting “the truth” (ie the progressive narrative that Silicon Valley tech giants have promised to perpetuate).

He also linked his accusations of bias with his opposition to mail-in ballots.

“We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In ballots take root in our Country,” Trump said in a series of tweets.

Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that….

….happen again. Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!

Weeks ago, anonymously sourced reports claimed that the White House was considering a panel to investigate anti-conservative bias on popular social media platforms and across Silicon Valley, an issue that has been explored in a series of Congressional hearings involving top officials at the biggest tech firms.

Shortly after Twitter announced it would start “fact-checking” President Trump’s tweets, yet more evidence has been exposed of the blatant anti-Trump bias at the most senior levels of the social media giant.

In the past we have seen Project Veritas expose the ‘fact’ behind the so-called ‘conspiracy theory’ of shadow-banning for conservative voices on Twitter.

A former Twitter software engineer who explains how/why Twitter “shadow bans” certain users:

Abhinav Vadrevu:  “One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting but no one sees their content.”

“So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it. I don’t know if Twitter does this anymore.”

Meanwhile, Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team explains on December 15th, 2017 at a Twitter holiday party that the development of a system of “down ranking” “shitty people” is in the works:

“Yeah. That’s something we’re working on. It’s something we’re working on. We’re trying to get the shitty people to not show up. It’s a product thing we’re working on right now.”

One wonders, Rich, does this violate Twitter’s “Abuse and harassment” rules?

And now, as Jonathan Turley details below,  the latest controversy concerns the person who has said that he is in charge of “developing and enforcing Twitter’s rules,” Twitter’s “Head of Site Integrity” Yoel Roth.  Critics have highlighted fairly extreme postings from Roth calling Trump and his supporters Nazis.  I do not agree that the problem is Roth’s personal views or postings. The problem is his role and the rules at Twitter.

The problem is anyone exercising this power of speech regulation. Indeed, as this controversy grew around Roth, Kathy Griffin is the latest poster to face calls for removal for effectively calling for Trump to kill himself.  Again, Griffin should be allowed to post such hateful thoughts and the rest of the world should be allowed to denounce her, again, for her unhinged humor.

Roth has attacked Bernie Sanders supporters and proclaimed how he is working against Trump. He compared senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. He  has referred to Trump and his team as “ACTUAL NAZIS” and called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a “personality-free bag of farts.” As Fox noted, “last August, Twitter suspended McConnell’s Twitter account, prompting the GOP to threaten to cut off advertising on the site until Twitter relented.”

This person is the “head of site integrity” at Twitter

The attacks are numerous, raw, and offensive However, conservatives calling for him to be fired or his tweets censored are reaching the wrong conclusion.  

The problem is not Roth but his role.  He has a right to express himself. I have no problem with Twitter hiring people with such political views and I believe it is a good thing for people to express themselves on social media.  Indeed, we have discussed the free speech concerns as private and public employers punish workers for their statements or actions in their private lives. We have addressed an array of such incidents, including social media controversies involving academics. In some cases, racially charged comments have been treated as free speech while in others they have resulted in discipline or termination. It is that lack of a consistent standard that has magnified free speech concerns.  We have previously discussed the issue of when it is appropriate to punishment people for conduct outside of the work place. We have followed cases where people have been fired after boorish or insulting conduct once their names and employers are made known. (here and here and here and here and here and here).

Roth’s comments highlight how bias is always a concern for those who take it upon themselves to decide who can speak or who must be “corrected” in communications with others.  Twitter is notorious for a lack of consistency and coherence in the enforcement of its rules.  However, regardless of such enforcement, there remains a core free speech issue in the regulation of speech. I recently criticized the calls of Democratic leaders like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for greater censorship of the Internet and social media. Such calls have been growing for years but leaders like Schiff are citing the pandemic as a basis for speech monitoring and censorship. Roth is merely the personification of the problem of such speech regulation.  Again, the real problem is his role and Twitter’s rules.

“He leads the teams responsible for developing and enforcing Twitter’s rules”

As Summit News’ Paul Joseph Watson notes, Roth has been head of site integrity at Twitter since July 2018 and is responsible for “election security” and “misinformation,”meaning he almost certainly played a key role in the decision to ‘fact-check’ Trump’s tweets.

In the meantime, We await Twitter ‘fact-checking’ false claims about ‘Russian collusion’ or any other of the erroneous issues pushed by the blue check mark brigade that have proven to be spectacularly wrong.

Don’t hold your breath…

Via zerohedge

10 comments

  1. The problem is just what Roth said-it is nazism being practiced only it’s being done by HIMSELF thru twitter. He’s so biased he can’t see he’s doing to twitter what he’s complaining Trump does. What a hypocrite.

    1. the way you’ll get Demonrats to comply, is to start stretchin their necks, one at a time until the whole Demonrat Party, Rhino’s & Soros are ALL gone, problem solved and we are FREE to move about ‘OUR’ country, with ‘OUR” Flag and ‘OUR’ people… can ya hear me now??? Soros has funded 187 different groups to take us out and to destroy our families. I think we can help him by whoever sees him first gets the first opportunity at him. And for the lucky soul that gets there first… ‘POP goes the weasel’… now I know why my folks made me learn it, they were thinkin of the future with Soroehose, who has never done any good for any body. Ev.ery little thing he does is about himself. He thinks he’s God, but he wouldn’t even be good ass wipe for God, couldn’t EVEN make a pimple on God’s ass. The GREATEST OF PISSANTS is little Soreass…

  2. ITS ABOUT TIME THAT THESE [PLATFORMS ] ARE TAKEN TO TASK FOR WHAT THEY ARE ..JUST OUTLETS FOR THE DUM O RATS TO SPREAD MORE LIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MAKE THEM LIBEL TO ALL THINGS THE NEWS OUTLETS ARE

  3. And just who thinks that these platforms will indeed comply to any executive order from the WH? They will sacrifice everything including the Constitution to take your rights away!

  4. I do not believe censure is a good thing nor is it permissible in a free society however at the same time when publishing damaging information against someone there should be due diligence in assuring that information is facts and not conjecture which our news media mostly ignores simply posting most anything without any facts or evidence of correctness being required. We as a nation most definitely do not want 1st amendment rights violated but at the same time neither do we want those rights to be abused to the point where anything goes. In plain english when news media distributes news it should be factual correct and unbiased.

  5. I think free speech is gone too far. People should be able to communicate without being vulgar and becoming totally out of line. I respect the office of the President and would never think of calling him the names some of these people use. I can see not liking someone but you do not have to resort to foul language. Anyone that threatens to kill someone in FB or Twitter should go to jail and give them a fine.
    We need to communicate more effectively.

  6. How DARE any right thinking Amerrricun Correct anything that our beloved Fuhrer…uh…Dear Leader…says , no matter how wacko , false or screwball his statements are or sound . He issss PURRFEKT ! He says so himself , zo it MUST BE ! Zo – YESS – his releases sound like someone in a lunatic asylum speaking through a paper cone, und YESSS – he blames everyone else while doing Nossing himself but tweeting to all his twits ! Dot iss vot PURRRFEKT Leaders do ! Who needs fact-checking ven vee know that votefffer and Veneffer Adolph Trump Spiks he lies through his teeth ! That is part of hisss SCHARM ! Ve NO dat he could not say vun true or intelligent Verd to save his soul, but he ISS our Doo-Chay (for youse Italian forriners) , unser Fuhrer ! Let us giff the Trump Party salute ! ( every udder von on your knees , every udder von turn around, every udder von kiss the blind cheeks and say – TRUMP ! I NO YOU ISS IN DARE ! SPIK ! SAY SOMTING DUMB ! I BELIEF YOU !

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