July 13, 2019
On Thursday, President Trump denounced the “terrible bias” and “censorship” of the world’s largest tech social media companies against conservative voices and announced that his administration would be exploring “regulatory and legislative solutions” in order to protect online free speech.
“We have terrible bias, we have censorship like nobody has any understanding or nobody can believe,” said Trump.
Trump made these remarks during his “social media summit” where about 250 online personalities and citizen journalists were gathered to discuss censorship they faced from big social media companies and strategies for the upcoming 2020 election. Also gathered were lawmakers such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.), Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Tx.), Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fl.), Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn.), and Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), among others.
“We’re going to be calling a big meeting for companies, they have to be here,” said Trump, saying that he’ll be inviting lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to participate in his effort.
Senator Hawley spoke at the summit to discuss his bill which would require social media companies to provide audits to prove that they are politically unbiased in order to receive protection through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
“Google, Facebook, Twitter, they’ve all gotten these special deals from government,” said Hawley. “They’re treated unlike anyone else. If they want to keep their special deal, here’s the bargain: they have to stop discriminating against conservatives.”
Addressing the crowd of what he called “online journalists and influencers, President Trump said, “You’re challenging the media gatekeepers and the corporate censors to bring the facts straight to the American people and that’s what you’re doing.”
“Some of you are extraordinary,” he continued. “Can’t say everybody. No, but some of you are extraordinary. The crap you think of is unbelievable.”
Trump affirmed that he would hold social media companies accountable for supposed bias against conservative voices.
“Big tech must not censor the voices of the American people,” said Trump.
– MK. II