In his speech before the UN last week, President Trump touched on a lot of major issues affecting our nation and the world. In one of the more significant portions of his speech, he addressed the ever-growing power of a small group of tech companies and their abuse of this power to censor, “cancel,” and blacklist people with conservative viewpoints and platforms.
In his address to UN member nations, Trump pointed out that censorship is completely incompatible with a free society and that “we must always be skeptical of those who want conformity and control.”
Conservative figures and personalities are being routinely shut down and labeled as “hate agents” by social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram just for expressing views opposed to LGBT-related topics. It’s complete lunacy, but thankfully, President Trump has taken notice and stands on the side of freedom of speech.
“A small number of social media platforms are acquiring immense power over what we can see and over what we are allowed to say,” Trump said in his speech. “A permanent political class is openly disdainful, dismissive, and defiant of the will of the people.”
“A faceless bureaucracy operates in secret and weakens democratic rule. Media and academic institutions push flat-out assaults on our histories, traditions, and values,” he continued.
“In the United States, my administration has made clear to social media companies that we will uphold the right of free speech.”
“A free society cannot allow social media giants to silence the voices of the people. And a free people must never, ever be enlisted in the cause of silencing, coercing, canceling or blacklisting their own neighbors.”
These are truly powerful words and a critical message. Radical leftists have successfully dominated all major aspects of society including the mainstream media, the internet, and the education system. Not only are they pushing their morally-bankrupt ideologies on all of us, but they are making no secret of the fact that they are censoring conservatives and skewing internet search results in their favor.
Trump’s stance was likely not fully embraced by many world leaders as globalism seems to be leaching into societies all across the world. Leaders of countries like France, Germany, New Zealand, and Great Britain would all like to see more censorship in order to see their political agendas come to fruition.
Censorship and discrimination on the basis of political viewpoint have become widespread across big tech platforms. As Breitbart News revealed earlier this year, Facebook maintains a list of political figures and commentators that it considers potential “hate agents.” And Google-owned YouTube has deliberately reordered its search results in response to ideological complaints from left-wing journalists.
Even the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has been affected by big tech censorship — in February, Facebook-owned Instagram deleted a post from Don Jr. about notorious hate crime hoaxster Jussie Smollett. Instagram later claimed the removal was an “error.” More recently, Don Jr. reported that his name and that of the President were not appearing in Instagram search suggestions.
Instagram’s explanation? Another “error.”
The fact that Trump is discussing this at the UN is very encouraging, but now we need to see his words match actions. While he has started to move on Big Tech, there needs to be swift action to end these ongoing censorship issues. It’s pivotal that Americans have access to all news platforms, and not just those of the left, as we get closer to the 2020 presidential election.
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