The White House has announced that it has launched a tool, in the form of a website, that anyone can use if they feel that they have been wrongfully suspended, banned or censored on social media platforms.
The website states that “too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies.” It goes on to say that, regardless of your political views, if you have any suspicions that political bias “caused such an action to be taken against you” you can “share your story with president Trump“.
The tool asks the users to provide screenshots and/or links of the content they found to be abusive. They are also provided with a text box where they can be more detailed, in their own words, about the actions that have been taken against them and to choose on which platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or ‘Other’) said offense happened.
It’s worth noting that the website also asks the users for a lot of personal information and a different question will also explicitly point them in the direction of an user agreement that they have to understand “is for information gathering only.”
This announcement comes shortly after members of the Trump family, such as Donald Trump Jr.expressed their concerns about how a lot of social media platforms go against right-wing activists.
In a tweet published in April, Trump Jr. responded to the news that Facebook will be banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and other far-right activists; he wrote that “The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by Facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone.”
At the time this article is being written, no social media platform has released any official comments concerning the tool.