Earlier today, President Trump condemned the social media censorship of conservative users. The president’s remarks came during a White House Rose Garden press conference.
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For months, conservatives have reported experiences of targeted censorship on various social networking platforms. Earlier today, the president addressed these reports.
In his own words:
“Something’s happening with those groups of folks that are running Facebook and Google and Twitter. I do think we have to get to the bottom of it.”
Trump then specifically called out Twitter as one of the platforms in question. His statements on the matter read as follows:
“We have to do something. I have many, many millions of followers on Twitter, and it’s different than it used to be. Things are happening. Names are taken off. It’s big, big discrimination. I see it absolutely on Twitter.”
The president’s commentary about Twitter comes as the platform faces an over $250 million dollar lawsuit over alleged anti-conservative bias. As of Tuesday evening, Twitter has not issued a public statement regarding the lawsuit against them.
Ire over conservative censorship has mounted in the past few months. Many Americans have expressed concerns that the censorship is largely motivated by politics and the liberal leanings of big tech. After all, Silicon Valley is not regarded as a place which harbors conservative values and ideals.
Social media platforms, for their part, have pushed back against the accusations against them. These networking sites maintain that they are not intentionally silencing the voices and content of conservative users. However, this has not convinced most conservatives.
There are many accounts of experienced censorship. Video demonetizations, shadowbanning, large drops of followers, bans, account lockouts, and more are some examples.
As talk of censorship surges, so do speculations as to reasons why. Consequently, some guesses maintain that the election of President Trump is a factor. One theory asserts that online conservative censorship will hurt the president’s chances of getting re-elected. Those who subscribe to this theory furthermore believe that big tech companies know this and are using censorship to swing the odds in the Democrats’ favor.
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