At this point, it’s no news to anyone that the President of the United States of America has a habit of “putting his foot in his mouth” but this tweet just comes off as though a 12-year-old child hacked his Twitter account, and wrote the following;
“So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called “Trending”, where soo many trends are about me, and never a good one. They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and blow it up, trying to make it trend. Really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair!”
Now, for someone who is essentially the antithesis of the ‘snowflake generation’, this sounds rather pathetic in comparison to his famous ‘I’m going to build a wall’ speech.
Has the president gone soft on us?
Before you go flying towards your social media platform of choice with whatever rant you have about this situation, I suggest you read this first, because, section 230 of the FCC’s communications decency act is up for a rewrite.
‘How does this affect us?’ I hear you say? I’m glad you asked…
Basically, the way the law was written, back in 1996, was to protect corporations from accountability what users might say on their platform.
Moreover, they can set their own guidelines for what is appropriate to be shared on their platforms.
This means that these laws would not be encroaching on the first amendment, but, with companies able to mediate the content on their page.
This means possibly dangerous, s—al, or inappropriate content can be taken down by the platform for a more inclusive online space.
Seems like a pretty fair trade-off, right?
President Trump claims two things; republican ideals are being censored more and more and have less of an online presence than liberal ideals.
True or false?
This is absolutely false.
Studies have shown that the majority of presence online by news sources are more traditionally, republican biased news sources.
The second thing he is claiming is that social media sources, like Twitter where he is so vocal, are actually out to get him and make him look bad.
If you’re thinking the President of the United States is being somewhat hypocritical, in the sense that he wants more censors and fewer censors, calling for this rewrite, you wouldn’t be wrong.
Another world leader, one Mr. V. Putin, has thought to have been using tactics like these for years.
The trick is to keep everyone confused with information and misinformation, and let the people fight it out.
It’s worked for many years if true, but I digress…
The effects of the change to section 230 could be; stricter company guidelines to what can be deemed as ‘suitable’ or ‘harmful’.
Higher and more invasive monitoring of our activities online, or even a more extreme approach, like a North Korean internet system.
With what has been said in the past by President Trump, anything could happen.
With these small rewrites to laws, an Orwellian nightmare wouldn’t be completely off the cards if the election goes the republican’s way.
I have two things I can respond to to the president.
One; I hope he can see the irony in the fact that this is the guy, who’s catchphrase for the past four years has been; “Fake News”, and two; before going crying to his Twitter followers about how everyone thinks he’s an “imbecile” (words of the internet, not mine), he should try engaging his people in a more thoughtful way rather than just using buzzwords, catchphrases, and Buzzfeed headlines.
I don’t see him doing this any time soon.
Thoughtfulness and awareness can be dangerous for the president.