White House posts call for social media censorship stories, triggering hope & cynicism
Added 05-16-19 01:37:03am EST - “The Trump administration is asking victims of social media censorship to share their stories, promising to "fight for free speech online" and exciting conservatives who feel their plight has been ignored.” - Rt.com
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“No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!” the White House tweeted with a link to a form where users could fill in the details of their persecution at the hands of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, or “other.”
The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online.No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhufpic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz
Of the named platforms, only Twitter had anything to say about the administration’s call for stories, responding that it enforces its terms of service “impartially” without regard to “background or political affiliation.” President Donald Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last month at the White House just hours after complaining (via Twitter) that the platform didn’t “treat [him] well as a Republican,” and Dorsey has admitted in the past that they’ve been “too aggressive” in banning right-wing users, but many complain that nothing has changed.
Many Trump supporters saw the call for stories as the answer to their prayers, almost a year after first Alex Jones and then hundreds more non-mainstream users were deplatformed.
Trump is coming through on his campaign promises AND now defending our freedom of speech in an unprecedented way! This is phenomenally exciting!
The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2019
No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhufpic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz
Trump is coming through on his campaign promises AND now defending our freedom of speech in an unprecedented way! This is phenomenally exciting!— ????????⭐️Trump⭐️Lane⭐️???????? (@Mystfire77) May 16, 2019
It's why he invited Jack to the Whitehouse. He gave him a chance to do the right thing. Instead, he amped up the censorship. It's not going to bode well for him.— PrideandPrejudice (@JaneLizzyBennet) May 15, 2019
Report Twitter Abuse to the White House. Here is the link to fill out. I just did and it is very, very easy & user friendly. I already feel better. President Trump a class act. He is listening...new hashtag #TechBiashttps://t.co/3eAKifu17shttps://t.co/TYjZIY4czb— Intellectual Courage (@TrumpHawaii2020) May 15, 2019
Congratulations to my colleague @GScottSays on becoming (as far as I'm aware) the first @Heritage employee banned from @Twitter.— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) May 15, 2019
What for? Referring to a biological male who wants to compete as a woman in women's powerlifting as a "he." #TwitterCrimepic.twitter.com/3wbDgz4DDs
I just reported my 6 permanently suspended accounts— Incarnated_ET (@Incarnated_ET) May 16, 2019
On lucky #7
Eat my shorts pic.twitter.com/E3ygyvGV4l
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT— CC (@ChatByCC) May 15, 2019
There are two sets of rules
One for them—One for us
Michael Moore was not suspended for using the phrase “Crash and Burn”
—nor should he have been & neither should I. But I was.
I had to delete my tweet & serve a 7 day suspension.@realDonaldTrump@parscalepic.twitter.com/nRjLGAyq7s
Next will come the send money request, if it isn't included already at the end of the process— Castmaster (@littleimpressio) May 15, 2019
Is the non .gov site secure?— Know The Ledge (@CodeSwitchATL) May 15, 2019
Who owns the emails that are collected?
What measures have been taken to ensure the data collected is managed under appropriate protocols?
Or is this just authoritarian saber rattling?
Sounds like an attempt to build a mailing list.— Shana Lin (@ShanaLin4) May 15, 2019
Lol I’ll try and spell it out for you. This is akin to throwing a dog a bone. Absolutely. I repeat. Absolutely nothing is going to come of this.— Elda (@elroer) May 15, 2019
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