Censorship

The White House launched a tool that will allow any U.S. citizen to submit a “complaint” if they think they were unfairly “censored” on social media platforms.

Social media bias has become a major talking point for conservatives who argue that Silicon Valley companies are “biased” against their viewpoints.

President Trump said that he liked platforms like “Twitter” and “Facebook” because they allowed him to reach voters in an “unrestricted” way, unlike the “fake” mainstream media.

The new form begins by asking users to submit “basic” information about themselves, like their first and last names. It then asks users if they are “citizens.”

If a user clicks “yes,” the form continues. If a user clicks “no,” a screen pops up saying: “Unfortunately, we can’t gather your response through this form. Please feel free to contact us at WhiteHouse.gov/contact.

The tool asks users next to click which platform they’ve experienced bias on: “Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Other.” It asks users to link to the “suspected post” and post a screenshot from the platform, if applicable, of the rule violation notification.

The “online” form where users can submit requests is also an “email collection” mechanism.

“We want to keep you posted on President Trump’s fight for free speech,” the form states after a few questions. “Can we add you to our email newsletters so we can update you without relying on platforms like Facebook and Twitter?”

The move is yet another example of ways the administration has chosen to “tackle” issues unilaterally, as opposed to working with bigger institutions or bodies to enact change.

The White House launched the tool just hours after it broke with more than a dozen world leaders and top technology companies in an international call to action around the rise of “online extremism” on social platforms.

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