Over the course of the last several years, Americans have grown increasingly concerned about losing their First Amendment rights, particularly in the online realm.
You see, our voices can be heard the loudest on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, where these ideas are amplified and spread across great distances with the simple tap of a thumb. This is as true for baseball card collectors trading gems as it is for protesters sharing the details of their coming event.
And while these platforms have a responsibility to keep certain content from invading their servers, such as terror network recruiting videos and depictions of despicable acts of violence, the veto-power of Twitter and Facebook has increasingly been employed to keep conservative Americans from expressing their political opinions.
Vice President Mike Pence is none too pleased with this development, and is now vowing to put an end to it.
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Asked during an exclusive interview on Friday about big tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and others downplaying conservative voices, Pence said that President Donald Trump has “made it very clear” this type of behavior is unacceptable. Pence’s interview aired on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel.
“Well, the president has made it very clear that we are not going to tolerate censorship on the Internet and social media against conservatives,” Pence said. “We’re just not going to tolerate it.”
And it’s not just talk coming out of the White House, but action as well.
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Trump is mulling creating a panel to review big tech bias against conservatives. The Wall Street Journal’s Alex Leary and John McKinnon wrote.:
President Trump is considering establishing a panel to review complaints of anticonservative bias on social media, according to people familiar with the matter, in a move that would likely draw pushback from technology companies and others. The plans are still under discussion but could include the establishment of a White House-created commission that would examine allegations of online bias and censorship, these people said. The administration could also encourage similar reviews by federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission, they said.
The news comes as Twitter grapples with whether or not to take down a number of the President’s tweets at the request of a widower whose late wife was implicated in bits of the discussion.
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