White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel it has been censored, banned or suspended by mistake on social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

"Too many Americans have seen their" reads the site. "" Regardless of your opinions, if you suspect that a political bias caused such action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump. "[19659003] "Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned or fraudulently reported." [19659004] A Twitter spokesperson responded to the new tool saying: "We apply the Twitter Rules impartially to all users, regardless of their background or Political affiliation We are constantly working to improve our systems and we will continue to be transparent in our efforts. "

Facebook, Google and YouTube did not respond immediately to requests for comments.

In recent months, Republicans have targeted social media networks, citing claims that conservatives have been wrongly censored on these platforms. Some committees, such as the Chamber of Energy and Commerce and the Senate Judiciary, have even held hearings on the issue where lawmakers questioned officials of companies such as Facebook and Twitter about the alleged bias.

The outrage began last April when the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives invited Trump, the online personalities, Diamond and Silk, discuss how to be "censored" on social networks. This was spun off in the Senate, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) later became a key policy issue by holding an audience with Facebook and Twitter executives to discuss the alleged bias. Only two Democrats attended the hearing in which other Republicans such as Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) questioned the representatives on why specific publications were removed from their offices or conservative films.

Last month, President Trump met with Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey . Twitter representatives said the meeting should focus on what the platform was doing to help the opioid epidemic and discuss the state of the platform, but then it was reported that Trump spent a significant part of his 30-minute discussion complaining of

Other members of the Trump family, such as Don Jr., have also expressed concern about the deplatformation of right-wing activists. In a tweet last month, President Trump's eldest son wrote "The calculated purpose and silencing of conservatives on Facebook and the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone", after that Facebook announced that it would ban the conspiracy theory Alex Jones along with other experts and right-wing activists.

The tool, which is hosted on Typeform, asks users for screenshots and links to offensive content, and provides a text field where users can describe the compliance measures taken against them. The user is also asked to choose between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or "other" as the platform where the crime was committed. (Facebook and Google did not respond immediately to a request for comments).

The tool also collects significant personal information from the user and, almost at the end, invites users to choose to receive President Trump's electronic newsletters, "so we can update it." without relying on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. " A separate question leads users to a broad user agreement, and makes it clear that "you understand that this form is for information collection only."

A subsequent question asks the user in what year the Declaration The signature of independence was signed "only to confirm that you are not a robot". This is an unorthodox anti-scripting technique, and one in general ineffective, given the relative simplicity of automatically entering a number.

Earlier Wednesday, the White House announced that it would not be endorsing a call by international leaders to fight online extremism in response to the tragic white nationalist terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. In a statement, the White House said it "was not currently in a position to join the support."

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