The only 2020 presidential candidate who has voiced her support for First Amendment protections for social media users is polling at the bottom of the Democratic Party primary field.
“There’s just been news recently about Facebook banning certain individuals from having Facebook accounts because of their speech – they disagree with the speech that they’re using or the things that they’re talking about – the ideas that they’re pushing forward,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said on The Joe Rogan Experience.
“First Amendment rights going completely out the window,” Gabbard said.
Rogan challenged Gabbard, noting that the typical argument (usually from pro-censorship leftists and used only in this specific debate) is that the giant tech companies are private, and thus can behave as they wish.
“Yes, but they’re trying to get the best of both worlds,” Gabbard replied. “The fact that they’re claiming to say ‘Hey, you know, this is a free space for open communication for everyone,’ while at the same time going ‘Well, actually Joe, I don’t like what you’re saying about this so we’re gonna ban you and whoever your friends are from this conversation.’ I think that’s a big problem.”
Gabbard is the first Democratic Party candidate to openly discuss de-platforming on social media, which has been largely dismissed by left wing media and other Democrats.
Unfortunately, Gabbard is lagging in the polls. Several upstart candidates like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and entrepreneur Andrew Yang have garnered more support. Still the most support is reserved for deeply entrenched and experienced politicians like former vice president Joe Biden, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Tulsi Gabbard becomes the FIRST and ONLY Democratic Candidate to defend FREE SPEECH on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Bravo. 👏 pic.twitter.com/350T3Kz1Kk
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SILENCING TRUMP: Jared Kushner ‘Intervened’ to Stop the President from Joining Gab, Parler
Silencing the President.
Jared Kushner reportedly intervened to prevent President Donald Trump from joining free speech social media platforms, according to sources within the Trump administration.
John McEntee, a longtime Trump aide, had encouraged the President to establish a presence on Parler and Gab earlier this week, around the same time that Parler was deplatformed by Amazon oligarch Jeff Bezos for enabling free speech. Kushner reportedly urged the President not to, claiming that the free speech networks were “fringe” and that they weren’t worthy of the President’s brand.
Most Trump supporters in turn view Big Tech’s ideology of extreme censorship and bias against the Right as “extremist” in its own right, a view Kushner apparently doesn’t share.
Sources within the White House indicated Wednesday that President Trump was seriously considering joining one of the platforms. He’s been banned from nearly every social media platform, with Big Tech kingpins desperately seeking an outcome in which the American media environment returns to the stale, neoliberal hegemony of the early 2010’s.
President Trump has suggested he’s interested in playing a role in a social media platform free of the auspices of Big Tech, an opportunity that could potentially prove to be gainful for existing platforms and the deplatformed President.
Trump’s delay in signing up for free speech social media platforms may only be temporary, with his associates under the impression that he’s going to get his historic Twitter account back. In the meantime, Kushner’s actions seem to have silenced the President, delivering a long-sought goal of the leading oligarchs and American corporate media companies.
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