White House Unveils A New Tool To Combat Social Media Deplatforming

Posted: May 15, 2019 9:35 PM
White House Unveils A New Tool To Combat Social Media Deplatforming

Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

With recent reports of social media platforms censoring conservatives, the White House established an online tip form for Americans to report bias to President Donald Trump.

"SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear 'violations' of user policies," The website said. "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 tool asks users what platform they have been penalized on. The categories include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or "other." One a user selects the social media platform, they are asked for screenshots and links of the content that's deemed offensive. A text field is provided where users can describe the enforcement actions taken against them, The Verge reported.

The White House took to Twitter to promote the tool, saying the Trump team is "fighting for free speech online."

Conservatives have continually said social media websites are deplatforming and silencing conservatives because of their political views. Social media companies have continually denied the move.

Just last month President Trump met with Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to discuss the so-called censorship.

According to a Twitter spokesperson, "We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts."

Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google did not immediately respond to Townhall's request for comment.