The Trump administration has petitioned the FCC to look at potential regulations for social media to ensure more fairness and guard against the silencing of conservative voices on tech platforms; plus more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump asks FCC to look at regulating social media
As President Donald Trump continues to find his posts blocked or scrutinized by social media platforms, on Monday, his administration issued a petition requesting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) develop regulations that could be applied to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and tech platforms, WFSB Eyewitness 3, reported.
Conservatives have long complained that social media companies have been censoring their posts, while the tech companies have denied such claims.
“President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
Twitter removes another Trump tweet, limits Donald Jr’s account and multiple platforms take down a viral COVID-19 video featuring doctors
Late Monday night, Twitter removed a tweet by President Donald Trump regarding a potential cure for coronavirus. NBC reported that Trump retweeted the tweet from an account with the handle “@stella_immanuel” that said: “Covid has cure. America wake up.”
Twitter removed the tweet soon after and replaced it with a gray box that read: “This Tweet is no longer available.”
On Tuesday, Twitter released a statement saying, “Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”
Twitter also temporarily limited the account of Donald Trump Jr., CNN reported, to which a Twitter spokesperson said the account’s functionality would be limited for 12 hours.
In addition, a viral video published by Breitbart, which featured a group of individuals wearing white lab coats who called themselves “America’s front-line doctors.” In the clip, they were holding a press conference and touting various claims related to COVID-19.
The video was removed by a variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube under allegations of making false claims about coronavirus. President Trump had shared multiple versions of the video, according to CNN.
Graham says “somebody needs to go to jail” from Obama-era FBI, report forthcoming
Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), says someone from the FBI needs to go to jail after lying to Congress during their investigation of the Trump campaign.
The two-year special counsel investigation found no collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign. During an interview on Sunday, Graham told Fox Business that a significant report was forthcoming regarding those who were involved in the FBI’s decision to investigate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Political Insider and Daily Wire reported.
“Not only do we now know that the FBI lied to the FISA court about the reliability of the dossier – they told the court that the sub-source was truthful and cooperative and Russian-based,” Graham said. “The truth of the matter is that the sub-source was American-based. He was an employee of Christopher Steele, who was on the payroll of the Democratic Party. And he told Christopher Steele, this is all a bunch of hearsay. And when the FBI understood that the dossier was no longer reliable, they continued to use it.”
“But we also now have found — and this will come out next week — that Congress got suspicious about the Russian sub-source and the reliability of the Steele dossier and that members of Congress asked to be briefed about it,” Graham added.
Ocasio-Cortez calls for ending federal funding for military recruitment in schools
On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) introduced two amendments to a defense appropriations bill that would restrict the military from using federal funding for recruiting in US schools or on a digital streaming platform such as Twitch. Ocasio-Cortez gave a statement to the NY Times that her amendments are aimed at stopping a practice by military recruiters of targeting low-income students.
“As a result, the military stops feeling like a ‘choice’ and starts feeling like the only option for many young, low-income Americans,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “Low-income Americans are not being given anywhere near the same information or access to trade schools, college or other post graduate opportunities.”
Ocasio-Cortez did acknowledge that the Armed Forces “can, for some, provide a rewarding career,” but stressed that recruitment should not be targeted to poorer students without other equal opportunities and options, The Hill reported.