It was a horrible week of child suffering. We saw children’s parents being taken from them instantly, with no thought given to the little ones left behind. We saw multiple mass shootings that didn’t spare children or babies. Our country is broken, and there are a lot of issues that need our immediate focus.
Certainly, there’s not a sane person in this nation that thinks our primary focus right now should be to make facilitating hate speech online easier.
And there isn’t. Unfortunately, our racist president isn’t sane:
[Trump’s] draft order, a summary of which was obtained by CNN, calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms.
The draft executive order currently carries the title “Protecting Americans from Online Censorship.” It claims that the White House has received more than 15,000 anecdotal complaints of social media platforms censoring American political discourse, the summary indicates.
As the leaked draft stands now, the order would apply to the private social media companies whose accounts have “one-eighth of the U.S. population” (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc). Essentially, Trump is trying to direct what content should appear on their platforms.
I lost count of how many checkboxes we have for transformation into a dictatorship, but you can mark another one-off.
When the announcement was made last week, a White House official tried to justify it by saying “most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom.” Nothing was mentioned, of course, of Trump tweeting anti-Semitic Nazi memes, or amplifying vile racists and Nazis on Twitter, even when someone has the handle “WhiteGenocideTM.” These are the people Trump wants to protect. Nazi “cesspools of venom” are just fine.