On Thursday, former President Donald Trump announced a plan that would hold federal agencies accountable who collude with private companies like Twitter.
“Strong free speech platform for 2024 just announced by Trump,” tweeted Republican strategist Andrew Surabian.
The plan would ban the federal government from policing lawful domestic speech, fire federal bureaucrats who directly or indirectly engaged in censorship and would bar federal funds for universities that censor free speech.
“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed — and it must happen immediately,” Trump said in a video announcement.
BREAKING: Trump responds to Twitter Files, announces plan to ban federal agencies from colluding with private companies to censor Free Speech.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 15, 2022
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Check out what The New York Post reported:
The 76-year-old Trump made the pledge as part of a broader “free speech” platform announced in a video policy statement shared with The Post — vowing also to impose a seven-year ban on former FBI and CIA workers handling private-sector US consumer records.
Trump said this month’s “Twitter Files” releases “confirmed that a sinister group of Deep State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists, and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American People.”
Some of Trump’s proposals — such as limiting Section 230 legal immunity for tech platforms unless they act with political neutrality — were pushed by the 45th president since his time in office, while others would forge new ground.
If elected in 2024, Trump announced that one of his first acts would be to prohibit federal policing of speech.
“Within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business, or person, to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens,” Trump said.
“I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as ‘mis-‘ or ‘dis-information’. And I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship — directly or indirectly — whether they are the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, the DOJ, no matter who they are.”
WATCH Trump’s announcement below:
Strong free speech platform for 2024 just announced by Trump:
-Banning the Federal Government from policing lawful domestic speech.
-Firing any Federal Bureaucrat who has directly or indirectly engaged in censorship.
-Barring federal funds for universities that censor speech. pic.twitter.com/yoaCtZpYNw
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) December 15, 2022
The New York Post continues:
Trump’s Big Tech free speech appeal includes proposals to throttle federal funds for universities that partnered with companies to censor speech as well as a seven-year ban on working in Big Tech by “deep staters” — an apparent nod to new Twitter CEO Elon Musk firing former FBI general counsel Jim Baker for allegedly throwing up internal resistance to transparency about past censorship decisions.
The ex-president also pitched a Digital Bill of Rights that “should include a right to digital due process — in other words, government officials should need a court order to take down online content, not send information requests such as the FBI was sending to Twitter.”
Trump said the proposed manifesto would include the rights to be notified if large online platforms remove, shadow ban or otherwise restrict their accounts, along with a right to an explanation and an ability to appeal. It’s unclear if mandated speech tolerance by companies would withstand potential First Amendment litigation.
“In addition, all users over the age of 18 should have the right to opt-out of content moderation and curation entirely, and receive an unmanipulated stream of information if they so choose,” Trump said.
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