Social Media 'Closing Down' Conservative Opinions

Pauline Gross
August 20, 2018

This time around, he did not bash any politician or country, rather he complained about social media's discriminating agenda.

Trump's tweets were believed to follow news on a one-week ban imposed by Twitter on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones who has been facing a series of online bans by tech companies, Facebook, Youtube, Apple, Spotify, and Vimeo in what appeared to be a coordinated move. "Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won't let that happen", Trump tweeted Saturday morning from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

He finished up saying "many voices are being destroyed, which can not be allowed to happen anymore". In the case of Jones, it did not initially join the other major platforms in removing his content, and has since taken relatively minor steps against him.

"Censorship is a very unsafe thing & impossible to police", he added, before embarking on a now familiar rant about "fake news" CNN and MSNBC - which he admitted to sometimes watching, but "just with a grain of salt". "At least two videos were deleted last night for "hate speech" including our recent video with @ConservativeMillen", PragerU tweeted.

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Twitter denied the allegations that it was targeting conservative accounts only and fixed the search feature.

Despite the lack of evidence proving a broad-range systemic bias against conservatives, Trump and other right-wing figures have made a lot of allegations lately about shadow-banning and other forms of supposed suppression. Earlier this week, it was reported that a U.S. House committee considered a subpoena for Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey.

In his tweets Saturday, Trump urged social media companies to "let everybody participate, good & bad", saying that while networks like CNN and MSNBC might be "fake news", he does not "ask that their sick behavior be removed". Freedom of speech is safe, so long as Trump remains president.

This is not the first time in which the social media platforms' censorship on specific users come to lights, it has been going for weeks now after it was highlighted by prominent conservatives.

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