President Trump blasted Big Tech’s crusade against the First Amendment, declaring that his administration is prepared to protect the “free speech rights of all Americans.”
He also warned the pendulum can easily swing too far in the opposite direction, signaling his desire to strike a balanced approach to government involvement in the digital town square.
“Very importantly, my administration is also standing up for the free speech rights of all Americans,” Trump said at a rally on Thursday. “You look at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media giants – and I’ve made it clear that we, as a country, cannot tolerate political censorship, blacklisting, and rigged search results.”
“We will not let large corporations silence conservative voices — and it can go the other way too, someday; it can play little tricks with them.”
“We’re not going to let them control what we can and cannot see, read, and learn from,” Trump vowed. “America is a free country, and we’re going to stay, always, a free country.”
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The President has recently turned his sights on Big Tech amid a slew of high-profile bans and silencing techniques targeting individuals, Republican politicians, and right-leaning media outlets – most notably, Alex Jones and Infowars.
Trump slammed Google on Tuesday for what he calls “rigged” search results almost exclusively promoting anti-Trump and left-wing mainstream media content, musing aloud if their actions might be against the law.
….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
And on Wednesday, Trump tweeted a video demonstrating Google’s abandonment of promoting State of the Union addresses on its homepage once he took office, adding the viral hashtag “#StopTheBias.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
“I think that Google, Facebook, and Twitter treat conservatives very unfairly,” Trump told reporters this week. “I can tell you that I have personal experience.”
“I think they are trying to silence a very large part of this country, and those people don’t want to be silenced. It’s not right, it’s not fair — and it may not be legal… We want to see fairness.”
A White House petition urging the Trump administration and Congress to “Protect Free Speech in the Digital Public Square” has accumulated nearly 100,000 signatures in just three days, and Infowars encourages our readers to add their names.
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