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Thoughts on Trump's executive order titled "Protecting Americans from Online Censorship"?
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By GeoLibCogScientistGeoLibCogScientist 125 Pts edited August 13
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
-Albert Camus, Notebook IV


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  • Essentially he would be censoring media outlets to protect against censorship from media outlets
    "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
    -Albert Camus, Notebook IV
  • MayCaesarMayCaesar 1793 Pts
    The government should neither perform censorship nor fight against censorship. The government and freedom of speech should be completely separated from each other. Let private individuals decide what they can or cannot say.
    GeoLibCogScientistpiloteer
  • Essentially, I believe this legislation would be struck down pretty early in its current form. I also believe it is a nonissue that Trump will use as a campaign issue to try and agitate or drive his base to ensure support. The proposed pathway to achieving it is also flawed on the concept. If he really wants to censor social media companies, it would be more effective to write new legislation to try and achieve this. As the article states, however, "There’s little in the way of evidence that this type of bias exists." So even if they managed to pass a new executive order without challenge from Congress, it will achieve nothing. Just a major pandering moment to try and garner support. 
  • #Trump2020 Any questions?
  • @MayCaesar Neutrality in the face of censorship is tyranny.
  • Publishers have legal requirements which platforms do not. Platforms have begun to act as publishers and thus should lose their legal exemptions or return to acting as neutral platforms.
  • @JoshBailey "There’s little in the way of evidence that this type of bias exists."

    Search on google "google bias" then search on duckduckgo "google bias". That should be telling enough, but there certainly is academic evidence for it, e.g. (1,2). Moreover, often the rules themselves have an in-built bias (e.g. no misgendering).

    Sources:
    (1) http://www.canirank.com/blog/analysis-of-political-bias-in-internet-search-engine-results/
    (2) https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-12/google-bias


  • I ask those who think rhere is no bias in google to consider the case of a Christian based group who mission is to help veterans with PTSD.  They have helped 1000"s.  Yet when the tried to advertise through google and the ad was rejected with the explaination that the word Christian is not allowed.  Now the groub wasn't using the advertisement to preach but only explain what type of group they are so people who come to them know that are informed and can choose somewhere else to go if they don't buy into christan beliefs. 

    So would you say that based on this is google showing a bias?
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