President Trump is moving closer to signing an executive order targeting social media giants with federal investigations for antitrust violations. The order commands federal agencies to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.”
ALGORITHMS AND SHADOW BANNING:
Conservatives on social media platforms saw a huge drop in their reach on Facebook after the beginning of this year. The bias against top Facebook pages and even President Trump’s own Facebook page was seen after Facebook changed their algorithms. Twitter was exposed for their bias against conservatives when it was discovered that they were “shadow banning” conservatives with large followings. Please see our previous report below.
The White House has drafted a text of a proposed executive order for President Donald Trump that would trigger an antitrust investigation into Google and Facebook.
The text of the executive order focuses on “bias” against conservatives on social media:
“Whether reading news or looking for local businesses, citizens rely on search, social media, and other online platforms to provide objective and reliable information to shape a host of decisions ranging from consumer purchases to votes in elections. Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms. Vibrant competition in the online ecosystem is essential to ensuring accountability for the platforms that hold so much sway over our economy and democratic process.”
“… Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition among online platforms (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition and ensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.”
… Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”
Just last month, President Trump tweeted:
“Social 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…….”
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA BIAS:
Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit posted a video of President Trump warning that there may be consequences if biases against conservatives are found by tech giants, Facebook, Google and Twitter are found, even going as far as to warn that their arrogant censorship of conservatives may be illegal.
The video also highlights an article published by the New York Times that reveals a memo posted to Facebook’s internal message board by a Facebook engineer by the name of Brian Amerige. The memo is titled “We have a problem with political diversity” He goes on to describe a very aggressive, left-leaning culture within Facebook, saying, “We are a monoculture that’s intolerant of different views”.
DONALD TRUMP JR SPEAKS OUT ON CENSORSHIP BY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:
The Hill is now reporting that Donald Trump Jr. is taking a very public position on Facebook censorship, even going as far as to say he’d be willing to back a conservative version of Facebook.
“I’d love to do it. But what I prefer is, take one of the two Silicon Valley conservatives and let them start it,” Trump Jr. told Axios when asked if President Trump’s 2020 campaign might create such a platform. “And then I’d help promote the platform and be all over that.”
Donald Trump Jr., who has 3 million Twitter followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, told me there is “exactly zero doubt in my mind” that tech bias is real: “I don’t think [this issue] is going away, because I don’t think it’s changing.”
The president’s oldest son, reflecting Trumpworld’s growing appetite for action against Big Tech, said the companies need to self-regulate better: “Many of these platforms get many benefits from the government.”
Don Jr. tells Axios that if a Trump supporter in the tech world created a conservative, Facebook-like social network, he would urge Trump supporters to switch to it.
When I asked him if his father’s 2020 campaign might build such a platform, Don Jr. said: “I’d love to do it. But what I would prefer is, take one of the two Silicon Valley conservatives and let them start it. And then I’d help promote the platform and be all over that.”
Trump Jr.’s comments come on the heels of a report from The New York Times that more than 100 Facebook employees are forming a group to challenge what the group’s founder, senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige, terms the company’s “political monoculture.”
Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the article about his support for a Facebook competitor saying he’d “even support and unbiased version of any of them” (social media giants), claiming that he’s “just looking for a level playing field. No more bias! No more BS!”
Heck, I’d even support an unbiased version of any of them. I’m not looking for an echo chamber, I’m just looking for a level playing field. No more bias! No more BS! https://t.co/JvriY8RhQt
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 30, 2018