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PostPosted: August 12 19, 5:19 pm 
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Basically a bunch of whiny racists got tired of being banned by Facebook for hate speech and so they asked Trump to write an executive order. Gotta love that small government.

White House proposal would have FCC and FTC police alleged social media censorship
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A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of shaping how Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

The draft order, a summary of which was obtained by CNN, calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms. Although still in its early stages and subject to change, the Trump administration's draft order also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to take those new policies into account when it investigates or files lawsuits against misbehaving companies. Politico first reported the existence of the draft.

If put into effect, the order would reflect a significant escalation by President Trump in his frequent attacks against social media companies over an alleged but unproven systemic bias against conservatives by technology platforms. And it could lead to a significant reinterpretation of a law that, its authors have insisted, was meant to give tech companies broad freedom to handle content as they see fit.

A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the draft order, but referred CNN to Trump's remarks at a recent meeting with right-wing social media activists. During the meeting, Trump vowed to "explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech."

According to the summary seen by CNN, the draft executive order currently carries the title "Protecting Americans from Online Censorship." It claims that the White House has received more than 15,000 anecdotal complaints of social media platforms censoring American political discourse, the summary indicates. The Trump administration, in the draft order, will offer to share the complaints it's received with the FTC.


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PostPosted: August 13 19, 6:36 am 
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Over 15,000 "anecdotal complaints" on social media platforms? They're basically saying 15,000 posts/tweets have been affected, right? How many of those do you suspect are Trump's own tweets?


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PostPosted: August 13 19, 7:18 am 
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That the beefs are being delivered to the White House tells us tt's likely a bunch of whiny alt-right [expletive] complaining that Sarah Silverman made fun of them.

I wonder if there should be some kind of Not At My Dinner Table legislation on speech in social media.

Should Twitter, for example, a publicly held company (not to be confused with a real public interest/utility) be a platform on which anyone can say anything regardless of accuracy, potential libel, hate speech? What's the limit? On a smaller level, should GRB be a place Kyle pays for server space for but has no jurisdiction over what is acceptable to communicate on his dime? Twitter is Enormous GRB: the company pays for servers and pays engineers to update the app occasionally and maintains the site and its features. Like the NY Times or CNN or ESPN or someone's own free Wordpress blog, should they not be able to decide what content runs and does not run? Should they have zero editorial power in their own content-providing company?

I'm in favor of these companies editing, deleting, managing accounts and there's one big reason why: normalization. At a certain point Twitter and Facebook would weed out people practicing hate speech, speech that incites violence, people who practice in speech that tangibly alters others' lives for the worse via stuff like harassing gay kids. This would almost entirely come from the alt-right. Getting rid of every Milo, Alex Jones, Tomi Lahren, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and so on from Twitter and Facebook then tells the American people: "This kind of language is not acceptable." They'd yell and scream that Twitter is anti-speech but then Jack could Tweet, or go on CNN or MSNBC, and say "look, here's why we deleted them, they practice hate speech." When the alt-right commentator asks "Why didn't you ban Hillary Clinton?" they could answer with a straight face "Because Hillary Clinton has never practiced hate speech or incited violence, whereas we know 22 people died in El Paso at least in part because a man was inspired by our hateful president's words." There's no argument for that. It reduces the "it's on both sides" stuff. Our churches don't do that anymore, they're complicit in in. Our news doesn't do that anymore, it's not like back when Brokaw/Rather/Jennings gave us the same news with no spin nightly and you mostly watched the news you watched because you liked Rather, or Jennings came on right after Wheel. Someone in this godforsaken hellhole of a shooting range has to stand up and go "Look, these words are not acceptable. I founded Twitter, I run Twitter, Trump is kicked off permanently and so are these 20000 others." I'm pro-freedom of speech, but much like the 2nd Amendment it's now getting twisted to the point where it's being used to defend people who use mass communication to literally incite mass murder, and some of that blood is on @Jack 's hands.


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