President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to chastise the social media service for its banning of conservative voices.
Trump stated that banned conservative voices should be allowed back on.
“You are making a Giant Mistake!” The president ended his tweet.
The irony of using Jack Dorsey’s service to warn him of what the future could look like for Twitter as well as YouTube and Facebook..
Trump brought Dorsey and his lawyers into the Oval Office some months ago in an attempt to work on a solution or else.
If these social networks believe they are no longer a platform like the phone company, but are publishers, who can censor individuals, then the Feds will look at altering the Communications Act to include them along with phone company.
Could you image a phone representative breaking into your conversation saying you can no longer use the device because of what you just said?
Remember the drop where class-action lawsuits would be their downfall.
This issue has come to boiling point over the demonetization of comedian Steve Crowder, who is known for his meme of him sitting behind a card table on college campus with a sign saying “Male privilege is a myth. Change my mind.”
The image has launched hundreds of other memes as the wording on the sign has been changed, but always ending with change my mind.
Could Crowder be the lynchpin to a class-action suit. Could actor James Woods, who has been banned since mid-April be a party to this actions?
Two viable candidates to launch this crusade before the 2020 election cycle kicks into gear. The Dims are looking to silence the right on social media As witnessed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blaming Facebook after Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016.
In Cowder’s case YouTube stated, In June 2019, we investigated Crowder for using racist and homophobic slurs targeting Carlos Maza in multiple videos reacting to the Vox series Strikethrough, which Maza hosts.
YouTube concluded that “we found language that was clearly hurtful,” but “the videos as posted don’t violate our policies”. YouTube found that Crowder did not encourage his viewers to harass or dox Maza either on YouTube or other platforms and that the main point of his video was to respond to opinion. YouTube did suspend his channel’s monetization, citing community guidelines. The decision to not suspend his channel drew considerable criticism.
So Crowder was demonetized under a separate guideline that was not known to any YouTube users because Maza complained about.
Crowder in his defense said the very limited mentions of Maza were under the rubric of comedy and should not be seen in a hurtful light.
Whether it’s a suit for tortious interference, or a change to the Communications Act, these social media companies have too much control over what is presented to viewers in vert sophisticated ways, must unknown to users. The algorithms that they use along with shadow-banning of certain users are all anti-First Amendment issues.
It’s time to level the playing field so all voices have the same opportunity to be heard and be able to be rewarded for their content.