It appears that President Trump is getting ready to bring down the hammer on the big social media companies.According to Politico,the Trump administration is in the process of drafting an executive order that will"tackle Silicon Valley's alleged anti-conservative bias".And it is very much in President Trump's own self-interest to do this.Social media played a key role in helping him win in 2016,but since that time we have seen an unprecedented wave of censorship on the major social media platforms,and most of that censorship has been directed at conservative voices.If President Trump doesn't do something,it is hard to see how he will win in 2020,and of course that is precisely what the leftist executives at the big social media companies want.
Ultimately,it would take an act of Congress to do everything that needs to be done,but President Trump should be applauded for trying to do what he can on his own.Apparently Politico was able to speak to three separate sources that are familiar with the drafting of this new executive order,and after speaking to all of them Politico came to the conclusion that the Trump administration is very serious about "wielding the federal government's power against Silicon Valley"…
The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias by social media companies,according to a White House official and two other people familiar with the matter—a month after President Donald Trump pledged to explore"all regulatory and legislative solutions"on the issue.
None of the three would describe the contents of the order,which one person cautioned has already taken many different forms and remains in flux.But its existence,and the deliberations surrounding it,are evidence that the administration is taking a serious look at wielding the federal government's power against Silicon Valley.
It is not clear if such an executive order would hold up in court,and undoubtedly there will be legal challenges right away.Of course those legal challenges will take a long time to play out,because we all know how quickly our legal system moves.
But for the short-term,what really matters is what effect this will have on the behavior of the big social media companies.The goal should be to scare them into doing the right thing,and hopefully the wording of this executive order will be as forceful as possible.
Since some of these big tech companies have contracts with the federal government,in his executive order Trump could try to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against customers based on their political views.A similar approach has been attempted a couple of times before…
One potential approach could involve using the government's leverage over federal contractors,a tactic the Obama administration used to advance LGBT rights.A 2014 executive order prohibited federal contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
一个可能的方法是利用政府对联邦承包商的影响力，这是奥巴马政府用来促进 LGBT 权利的策略。2014年的一项行政命令禁止联邦承包商基于性取向或性别身份歧视工人。
Trump earlier this year signed an executive order meant to promote free speech on college campuses by requiring schools to agree to promote free inquiry in order to receive federal research funding—something the schools were already supposed to do.
We'll see what happens,but hopefully Trump can get this executive order issued quickly,because the 2020 election season has already begun.
Of course liberals are upset about this potential executive order,and many of them continue to insist that conservatives are not being specifically targeted by the social media companies.For example,just check out this excerpt from a Vox article…
当然，自由派人士对这项潜在的行政命令感到不安，他们中的许多人继续坚持认为，社交媒体公司并没有特别针对保守派人士。例如，看看这篇 Vox 文章的摘录.....。
As Recode and other outlets have reported,there has been no evidence to prove that companies such as Google and Twitter have anti-conservative bias baked into their products.Regardless,the president and Republican lawmakers have continued to make such claims,emboldened in part by a recent claim by a former Google engineer that he was fired for his conservative political views.(Google says the employee was fired for misusing company equipment;other reports indicate that he shared emails internally in which he defended white supremacist groups.)
正如 Recode 和其它媒体所报道的那样，没有证据证明谷歌(Google)和 Twitter 等公司的产品中存在反保守偏见。尽管如此，总统和共和党议员仍在继续发表这样的言论，这在一定程度上是因为一名前谷歌(Google)工程师最近声称，他是因为保守的政治观点而被解雇的。(谷歌表示，这名员工是因为滥用公司设备而被解雇的;其他报告显示，他在内部共享了为白人至上主义团体辩护的电子邮件。)
Because of what I do,I have connections throughout the conservative media,and just about everyone I know has been censored,banned,shadowbanned or deplatformed in some way,shape or form.Over the past two and a half years we have witnessed the greatest purge in the history of the Internet,and it has been absolutely brutal.
Some conservative voices are still able to use social media,but the heavy hand of censorship is always present.For example,every time Dr.Michael Brown posts a video on YouTube,it is immediately "flagged as unsuitable for most advertisers"…
一些保守的声音仍然可以使用社交媒体，但是严厉的审查制度始终存在。例如，每次迈克尔·布朗博士在 YouTube 上发布一个视频，它都会立即被标记为"不适合大多数广告商"..。
To this moment,the instant one of my YouTube videos is posted—and I mean the very instant—it gets flagged as unsuitable for most advertisers,which we then have to contest by calling for a manual review.At that point,you genuinely have no idea what the reviewer will decide.
到目前为止，我在 YouTube 上发布的一段视频——我指的就是那一刻——被标记为不适合大多数广告商，然后我们不得不要求进行人工审查。在这一点上，你真的不知道评论者会做出什么决定。
Of course other conservative voices have been targeted for elimination from social media altogether.Mike Adams of Natural News is an incredibly genuine guy and one of the most articulate conservative voices on the entire Internet,and he has been deplatformed by just about every social media platform that exists…
In response to a coordinated,heavily-funded smear campaign against Natural News and myself,the Health Ranger,Facebook has now permanently banned Natural News from posting content.The channel name that has been banned is Facebook.com/healthranger,which was our primary channel reaching over 2.5 million people.
为了回应针对《自然新闻》和我的"健康护林员"(Health Ranger)的协调的、大量资助的抹黑活动，Facebook 现在已经永久禁止《自然新闻》发布内容。被屏蔽的频道名称是 facebook.com/healthranger 电视台，这是我们的主要频道，拥有超过250万观众。
This is on top of the permanent bans of Natural News content from Twitter,YouTube,Pinterest,Google News,Apple and other techno-fascists that now represent the greatest threat to human freedom the world has ever seen.
此外，Twitter、YouTube、Pinterest、谷歌新闻(Google News)、苹果(Apple)以及其它科技法西斯主义者永久禁止自然新闻(Natural News)的内容，如今这些都代表着人类自由面临的前所未有的最大威胁。
There is no reason why Mike Adams should have ever been banned by anyone.I have had the opportunity to sit down with him in person,and he is someone that cares deeply for America and for those around him.What the big social media companies have done to him is absolutely disgusting.
But of course he is far from alone.One study found that since the 2016 presidential election,social media traffic to a group of some of the most conservative websites on the Internet was down by 93 percent.You can find the full study right here,and it is definitely worth reading.
In the end,it is very simple.The leftists that run the big social media companies hate what we believe,and they don't want us to get the truth out.The don't believe in a free marketplace of ideas,because their ideas always lose.
So the only way that they can win is by shutting us up,and that is precisely what they have been attempting to do.
The social media giants built multi-billion dollar empires by giving everyone a voice,but now that they have such a dominant position on the Internet they have decided that many prominent conservative voices should be completely silenced.
They want to control what ideas people are exposed to,thus shaping the overall direction of the country as a whole.
If they are allowed to get away with it,they will greatly alter the political future of America far beyond the 2020 election.
Something needs to be done immediately,and so let us hope that President Trump gives this executive order some really strong teeth.