President Trump is preparing to sign an unspecified executive order dealing with the ramifications of social media censorship, reports indicated on Wednesday.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed that the President is planning on signing the order to reporters on Air Force One. The White House has ‘monitored’ the rampant political censorship tactics utilized by social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to silence conservatives, nationalists, and others for years, but it seems President Trump might finally be willing to act in order to halt Silicon Valley’s authoritarian instincts to crush free speech.
A soft censorship tactic utilized by Twitter on some recent Trump tweets may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. The platform has begun inserting ‘fact-checking’ editorial content on the President’s tweet, falsely claiming that some of the new mail-in voting schemes being executed by Democrats are foolproof, as the President argues otherwise.
President Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 Presidential election by doing so.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
President Trump appeared to endorse the concept of social media regulation in more definitive terms than he ever has before in a Wednesday tweet, claiming that “We will strongly regulate, or close them down,” before the platforms institute full authoritarian censorship of conservatives.
Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
It’s unclear as of Wednesday night what the executive order, which is likely to be signed on Thursday, will actually include. Some have suggested that the order will create a panel of experts to review Silicon Valley’s censorship and political bias, a gesture that could prove suggestive, but ultimately lacking in substance. Some free speech advocates have called for the federal government to officially recognize censorious social media companies as publishers rather than platforms on the account of their editorial bias, leaving the Masters of the Universe liable to lawsuits for their rampant political censorship.
Gab Attacked in Coordinated Hacking Attempt, Timed to Coincide with CPAC
This hack coincided with Trump’s CPAC speech.
Free speech social media platform Gab was attacked in a coordinated hacking operation sometime this weekend, with malicious actors briefly compromising accounts of prominent users of the platform.
Gab founder Andrew Torba disclosed the cyberattack, revealing that left-wing operatives had sought to compromise both his own Gab account and an archive account reserved for President Donald Trump. The attack compromised Trump’s reserved account minutes before the President was slated to speak on-stage at CPAC- with the timing suggesting the President may announce he’s joining the free speech social media service.
It’s unclear which other accounts were targeted. Torba confirmed that Gab was cooperating with law enforcement in response to the breach. Alt-tech competitor Parler also suffered from frequent data breaches and insecurity, and it may be that powerful institutions determined to take down Parler have shifted their focus to terroristic tactics targeting Gab.
Gab has been targeted on previous occasions by entities that oppose its mission to restore free speech on the internet. Torba’s disclosure of the incident differs greatly from the deceptive business tactics of Facebook and Twitter, which regularly decline to reveal data breaches and sell user information to corporations and governments at a whim and without any user consent.
Big League Politics is monitoring the situation for any further developments.
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