White House launches online tool to fight social media ‘censorship’

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The White House on Wednesday launched an online tool for Americans to report political censorship on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter directly to President Trump.

The administration announced the tool in a tweet on Wednesday, writing they are “fighting for free speech.”

“No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!” the White House added in the tweet with a link to the reporting tool.

The tool prompts users to answer a series of questions, including what social media platform they believe censored them because of political bias.

“The White House wants to hear from all Americans – regardless of their political leanings – if they have been impacted by bias on social media platforms,” Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said of the program.

The reporting tool was launched as Trump and another of other Republicans have raised concerns about apparent censorship by social media platforms.

In early May, Facebook announced they had banned a number of conspiracy theorists and political extremists from the platform, prompting a response from Trump on Twitter.

“I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms,” Trump wrote after the bans on May 3.

“This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!” he added.



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