Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter


On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

“No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump,” the site reads.

Over the past few months, Republicans have taken aim at social media networks citing claims that conservatives have been wrongly censored on these platforms. Some committees, like House Energy and Commerce and Senate Judiciary, have even held hearings on the issue where lawmakers questioned officials from companies like Facebook and Twitter over the alleged bias.

Just last month, President Trump met with Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. Twitter representatives said that the meeting was supposed to focus on what the platform was doing to aid the opioid epidemic and discuss the health of the platform, but it was later reported that Trump spent a significant portion of their 30 minute discussion complaining that he was losing followers.

The tool asks users for screenshots and links regarding specific enforcement actions, specifying Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube as platforms of interest. (None of the companies immediately responded to a request for comment.) The tool also collects significant personal information from the user, and near the end invites users to opt into email newsletters from President Trump, “so we can update you without relying on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.” A separate question points users to an extensive user agreement, and makes clear that “you understand this form is for information gathering only.”

This is a developing story…





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