White House launches tool for reporting social media ‘bias’
By Emily Birnbaum – 05/15/19
The White House on Wednesday launched a tool that allows people to report possible “political bias” by social media companies, an issue that President Trump and top Republicans have hammered for months, accusing the largest tech platforms of censoring right-wing voices.
The reporting tool prompts users to “share [their] story with President Trump” if they suspect they were removed or reported on social media because of “political bias.”
“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the website reads. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”
The form asks for the respondent’s first and last name, zip code, phone number, and whether they are a citizen. Once they fill out that information, the tool asks what happened to their social media account, whether a specific post was involved and on which platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or “other”) it occurred. The tool also provides a space to attach screenshots.
“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” the White House’s official account tweeted. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”
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