Donald Trump announced Thursday that should he return to Presidential office, he will ban the federal government from “colluding” with big tech entities working to censor the free speech of the American public.
“Within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business, or person to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens,” Trump began.
“I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as “mis” or disinformation. And I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship, directly or indirectly, whether they are the Department of Homeland security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, or the DOJ — no matter who they are,” Trump added.
Trump vowed to investigate all entities involved in the censorship of the American people. He also pledged to stop funding all non-profits and academic programs that work against our freedom of speech.
Even more impressive, Trump said he would push congress to reform “Section 230”, which falls short of treating anti-free speech social media sites as publishers.
“Upon my inauguration as President, I will ask Congress to send a bill to my desk revising Section 230 to get big online platforms out of censorship business. From now on, digital platforms should only qualify for immunity protection under Section 230 if they meet high standards of neutrality, transparency, fairness, and nondiscrimination,” Trump added.
Lastly, Trump pushed for the creation of a digital “bill of rights,” one that would protect the free speech rights of Americans on the internet.
“The time has finally come for Congress to pass a digital bill of rights. This should include a right to digital due process. In other words, government officials should need a court order to take down online content, not send information requests such as the FBI was sending to Twitter,” Trump said.
“Furthermore, when users of big online platforms have their content or accounts removed, throttled, shadowbanned, or otherwise restricted no matter what name they use, they should have the right to be informed that it’s happening, the right to a specific explanation of the reason why, and the right to a timely appeal. In addition, all users over the age of 18 should have the right to opt out of content moderation and curation entirely and receive an unmanipulated stream of information if they so choose,” Trump added.
These are precisely the sort of changes America needs right now. We ought to be able to speak our minds freely without fear of censorship or shadow banning. Fortunately for America, Donald Trump knows these truths better than anyone around/.