Today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order defending the rights of free speech for everyone in this country. The executive order specifically addresses social media companies who are trying to censor voices online.
President Donald Trump on social media:
“We’re here today to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers it has faced in American history, frankly, and you know what’s going on as well as anybody. It’s not good,” Trump said.
“A small handful of powerful social media monopolies controls a vast portion of all public and private communication in the United States and we know what they are, we don’t have to name them, we’re going to give you a complete listing.”
“They’ve had unchecked power to censure, restrict, edit, shape, hide, alter virtually any form of communication between private citizens or large public audiences,” Mr. Trump said.
“There’s no precedent in American history for so small a number of corporations to control so large a sphere of human interaction.”
“We can’t let this continue to happen, it’s very, very unfair and you look at the statistics and you look at what is going on and I think everybody would very much agree with that. Including Democrats, by the way. I saw quite a few Democrats are saying this is about time something is done, so let’s see if they keep that decision after they hear that we agree with them.”
Says Twitter is making “editorial decisions.”
“They’re editorial decisions. In those moments, Twitter ceases to be a neutral public platform, they become an editor with a viewpoint. I think we can say that about others also, whether you’re looking at Google, whether you’re looking at Facebook and perhaps others.”
“Imagine if your phone company silenced or edited your conversations. Social media companies have vastly more power and more reach than any phone company in the United States.”