The Trump administration is gathering evidence of big tech censoring people over their political beliefs ahead of the 2020 election.
On Wednesday the White House urged Americans who’ve been subjected to social media bias due to their political affiliations to come forward and tell their stories.
“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the website wh.gov/techbias, launched by the White House, reads. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”
“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 Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online.
No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhuf pic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2019
The website is the latest indication the president plans to hold tech companies accountable for acting as publishers in their regulation of free speech, especially as companies like Twitter have claimed to be open “public square” forums.
Companies including Facebook and Twitter have recently been criticized by the president for banning social media personalities like James Woods and Paul Joseph Watson seemingly over their conservative political opinions.
So surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook! https://t.co/eHX3Z5CMXb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019