I am over this so-called debate.
The idiotically inclined going on and on about their eroding ability to say whatever brain-draining drivel that enters their semi-conscious pea brains. Complaining about social media platforms reactions to their stupidity as though it is an affront to their personal liberty. Many of these people conveniently forgetting that they are using the resources of private entities, entities of which are under NO obligation to honour the 1st amendment.
There was never a debate because 95% of the participants didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. And so, I tuned them out. Let them flail with their stupid opinions. After all, you know what they say about opinions!
Enter President Snowflake.
Advocacy groups and legal experts say an executive order President Donald Trump is expected to sign Thursday—a document the White House claims is an effort to curtail the power of social media companies—is nothing more than an unconstitutional attempt by the president to “bully” into submission platforms that fact-check or criticize him.
The New York Times reported late Wednesday that a draft of the executive order “would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts, among other examples.” The changes, if upheld in court, could expose social media companies to more lawsuits.
“Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, online companies have broad immunity from liability for content created by their users,” the Times reported. “But the draft of the executive order, which refers to what it calls ‘selective censoring,’ would allow the Commerce Department to try to refocus how broadly Section 230 is applied, and to let the Federal Trade Commission bulk up a tool for reporting online bias.”
David Kaye, United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, called Trump’s order “a ploy for him to dominate and eviscerate public oversight of his lies.”
The executive order comes days after Twitter on Tuesday took the unprecedented step of adding a fact-check label to two tweets in which Trump erroneously attacked mail-in voting. “We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process,” Twitter said in an explanation of its decision.
In response, Trump baselessly claimed Wednesday that social media platforms “totally silence conservatives’ voices” and threatened to “strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”
“This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!” Trump tweeted Thursday, apparently referring to his executive order.
First off, kudos to Twitter for that bold step.
As for the rest of this . . . it all makes sense. Like the rest of these fragile adults that walk around calling lefties Snowflakes and complaining about anti-conservative bias online, Trump has the thinnest of skin. That this is all very dumb and predictable is not even news anymore.
What is bothersome, however, is how conservative tantrums and victim playing are increasingly eroding at the privacy and free speech right of the rest of the US as a whole. Just a month previously, the EARN IT Act came to light as a blatant play against online end to end encryption. And now, we have this bold move.
He may be a moron, and he may not know what he is talking about. But unlike your uncle or some faceless online identity, he may well have the power and political capital to bring his utopia to reality.
I guess all one really can say is . . . Vote. Because the longer he is in the office, the more damage such as this American is going to be dealing with.