In the contentious and unclear aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, social media companies have taken it upon themselves to monitor and censor President Donald Trump. It’s an overreach of their authority over their platforms and raises questions about how media organizations will continue to attack certain political views.
If you click on President Donald Trump’s Twitter page, you’ll see a lot of this: “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” Most of these tweets have to do with the President’s assertion that the counting process could potentially be vulnerable to machinations of those interested in damaging the president’s chances at reelection since the results are so close at this point.
Trump tweeted about his frustration, stating, “Twitter is out of control, made possible through the government gift of Section 230!” This federal law prevents tech companies, like Twitter and Facebook, from being held liable for the content posted by their users.
“I easily WIN the Presidency of the United States with LEGAL VOTES CAST. The OBSERVERS were not allowed, in any way, shape or form, to do their job and therefore, votes accepted during this period must be determined to be ILLEGAL VOTES. U.S. Supreme Court should decide!” the president also tweeted, which was flagged.
But, of course, Joe Biden is not receiving the same level of censorship.
In a recent tweet, Biden wrote, “Donald Trump is going to court to stop votes from being counted. We have assembled the largest election protection effort in history to fight back and need your help.”
This wasn’t flagged, but it could also be considered misleading.
Trump and his supporters are concerned that due to this extended vote tabulation time, it’s possible that some of the votes being counted were submitted past the deadline or could have been manufactured to secure a particular outcome.
Though that’s likely difficult or impossible to prove, the longer this lack of clarity goes on and the votes indicate a certain outcome, the greater likelihood that interference in one form or another.
That’s not a conspiracy, but something that could actually happen.
However, social media and the general media have been clear about where their loyalties lie. It isn’t to free speech or the free exchange of ideas, but about censoring anything that doesn’t fit with the left’s woke, progressive ideals.
Fox News reported in mid-October that Twitter and Facebook had censored Donald Trump 65 times since May 2018. Biden had yet to receive a single check.
It’s not only social media, but the news media as well.
Per The New York Times, ABC, NBC and CBS “cut away from President Trump’s news conference at the White House on Thursday as the president lobbed false claims about the integrity of the election. Mr. Trump timed his appearance to air during the networks’ evening newscasts, which draw the biggest collective audience in TV news. But the anchors broke in after a few minutes to correct some of his falsehoods.”
On NBC, Lester Holt said, “We have to interrupt here, because the president made a number of false statements, including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting. There has been no evidence of that.”
At this point, there’s no concrete evidence one way or another about voter fraud. Instead of just reporting, why do the anchors feel the need to “fact check” the president? It should be up to the American people to determine what they believe, not the media.
But in this age, the media and social media companies have abandoned neutrality and facts and replaced it with a narrative and agenda to push their progressive ideals.
Though they make think that “fact checking” Donald Trump helps preserve the country’s democratic process, they are doing far more damage by pushing their own bias down the throats of the American people.
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