LAW & ORDER,  TECHNOLOGY

President Trump Takes on Big Tech

By The Sharp Edge

It was Benjamin Franklin who penned the phrase in a letter in 1722, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” Franklin went on to explain in that same letter, “Guilt only dreads liberty of speech, which drags it out of its lurking holes, and exposes its deformity and horror to daylight.” Perhaps it is that very guilt that causes Big Tech tyrants to silence voices of criticism. The attack on free speech never became more apparent than the day Big Tech chose to silence the President of the United States. After all, President Trump has a knack for shining light on ugly truths the corrupt establishment would prefer stayed hidden.

Fortunately, Trump is not one to back down from a fight – especially one as worthy as the protection of our First Amendment rights in the age of Big Tech tyranny.  That is why President Trump is taking on Big Tech in class action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google, as well as their Chief Executive Officers – Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai. The lawsuits aim to hold the Big Tech oligarchs, who have hidden behind Section 230 protections, accountable for silencing voices of dissent against the corrupt establishment’s narrative.

Watch the full announcement here.

In his public announcement of the lawsuit, President Trump remarked, “From the very beginning of our nation, freedom of speech has always been understood as a bedrock of our liberty and our strength.  In America we recognize that the freedom to speak our minds and express the truth…is not granted to us by government. It’s given to us by God and no one should have the power to take that right away.  The founding fathers inscribed this right in the very First Amendment to our Constitution because they knew that free speech is essential to the prevention…of horror and to the preservation of our Republic. But remember the words, ‘the prevention of horror,’ because we’re very close to seeing that now in our country…In the words of…George Washington… ‘If freedom of speech may be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.’”

President Trump continued, “While the social media companies are officially private entities, in recent years they have ceased to be private with their…use of Section 230, which profoundly protects them from liability… No other companies in our country, and even in our country’s history, have had protection like this…These companies have been co-opted, coerced, and weaponized by government and by government actors to become the enforcers of illegal, unconstitutional censorship… We’re going to make sure that the liability protections that they have under Section 230 [are], at a very minimum, changed, and maybe at a maximum, taken away.  The Supreme Court has made it exceedingly clear that Congress is not allowed to coerce private entities…Through such coordination, the federal government has essentially deputized social media platforms to become the de facto censorship arm of the U. S. government.”

Critics of President Trump’s class action suits, of which there are many (including the entire legacy media in unison), argue that these Big Tech giants are private companies, capable of being as liberal as they want to be, by silencing any speech they deem to be “objectionable.” Fake News media outlets, who have largely gotten a free pass on censorship, support the rights of these social media giants by claiming, “Social media companies are not Congress, or any other state actor.  They are private companies. And private companies cannot violate the First Amendment.  Instead, they may have their own First Amendment rights that could be violated by the state.”  However, Trump’s class action suits argue that Congressional coercion of social media companies, and the Congressional legislation known as Section 230 violate the First Amendment, which states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.

The complaints allege that Democrats use their power to coerce Big Tech into suppressing the opposition’s freedom of speech, by way of threats of regulations or removal of Section 230 protections. Citing numerous examples of Democrat-led coercion, the Twitter complaint states, “The message conveyed by Democrat legislators to Defendants was clear: use the authority of Section 230 to ban Plaintiff and those Putative Class Members who posted content and views contrary to these legislators’ preferred points of view or lose the competitive protections of Section 230 and tens of billions of dollars of market share altogether.” The complaint goes on to state that “Section 230(c)(1) and 230(c)(2) were deliberately enacted by Congress to induce, encourage, and promote social medial companies to accomplish an objective—the censorship of supposedly ‘objectionable’ but constitutionally protected speech on the Internet—that Congress could not constitutionally accomplish itself.  Congress cannot lawfully induce, encourage, or promote private persons to accomplish what it is constitutionally forbidden to accomplish.” Norwood v. Harrison, 413 US 455, 465 (1973).  Section 230(c)(2) is therefore unconstitutional on its face, and Section 230(c)(1) is likewise unconstitutional insofar as it has been interpreted to immunize social media companies for action they take to censor constitutionally protected speech.”

The battle against Big Tech’s abuse of Section 230 protections has been brewing for years in all branches of the federal and state governments. Recently, House Republicans announced plans to introduce legislation to amend Section 230 and address the censorship of conservatives. Several red states including Florida (the state in which Trump’s lawsuits were filed) have introduced or passed laws to hold Big Tech accountable for their censorship. And countless lawsuits have been filed throughout the country by citizens whose First Amendment rights were violated by social media censorship. A recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court may bode well for President Trump’s battle against Big Tech, as the court ruled against Facebook’s defense invoking Section 230 to shield the social media giant from liability in failing to prevent their site from being used for sex trafficking. The court decision stated, “We do not understand Section 230 to ‘create a lawless no-man’s-land on the Internet’ in which states are powerless to impose liability on websites that knowingly or intentionally participate in the evil of online human trafficking.” Yet, this is exactly what social media platforms have become – “a lawless no-man’s-land on the Internet.” It is obvious to anyone who values the First Amendment, that Section 230 has limitations and must not be used to shield Big Tech giants from liability for violating Constitutionally protected free speech under the coercion of people within our government.

Countless Americans and people around the world, who have been silenced, are in support of President Trump’s battle against Big Tech, many of whom plan to join the class action suits. Those who are interested in telling their stories of Big Tech censorship have been asked to visit America First Policy Institute (takeonbigtech.com). Whatever the outcome, President Trump believes the suits will likely “go down as the biggest class action ever filed.”

Additional information on big tech censorship by Corey’s Digs

The Purge Just Got Real

When Big Government Gets Into Bed with Big Tech

Down The Tube: Take A Stand with Fallen Patriot Accounts

Controlling Minds, Narratives & Elections: Google, YouTube, Facebook & Twitter

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10 Comments

  • David Sturgeon

    I said this early on. I found Dr. Jensen. On Facebook talking common sense. I’m a Vet. I have had enough chem warfare to know it won’t protect from a bio agent and there having the citizens,us, act like circus animals. Instilling fear in those, a large portion of the population, who don’t look out side the box. The box being mainstream media. Corey you’re doing this country a great and truthful perspective. God bless!!!

  • Johanne Dufort

    In 2016, facebook closed my account until I produced a photo I.D. right after attempting to stop online arguments between defendors of B.L.M. (vs) All Lives Matter.
    In 2018 twitter closed my account because of my criticizing AOC’s Green New Deal, on the grounds that she was robing the concept from the Green Party.
    My whatsapp and gmail have been under assault since 2017.

  • h. renell

    I was using Tumblr to repost, post links, and post my devotional for poets.

    I logged in the other day and pooof…gone. Without warning. I emailed back and asked why and they replied that I had a sneaky affiliate account to route traffic back to my website and/or was a spammer. I replied back that for the record I had no affiliate account and was not a spammer.

    WordPress bought Tumblr a few years ago and that was a part of the reason I started an account, since they got rid of the porn.

    Thanks for the link, I will use it!

  • MorningStar

    Don’t forget to remember to research the FEMA list of executive orders.

    Executive Order #10995:
    All communications media will be seized by the Feds. The First Amendment is to be suspended indefinitely.

  • JANET SALMON

    Trump advocates for free speech but he didn’t help release Julian Assange when he could have.
    Julian helped him in the election against Hillary Clinton. This made me really angry.

  • Tim Brown

    I’m curious, if Trump is so big about First Amendment rights, why didn’t he put a stop to it while in office? Why didn’t he prosecute? and don’t give me that’s not his job because it is Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution. Trump is the ultimate controlled opposition as people sit back waiting for him to do what he should have done in the White House, and they will be strung along till the boot is on their necks.

    Additionally, why did Trump not go with GAB? and instead went with Rumble? Because GAB wouldn’t kowtow to the zionists, but Rumble would, even to the point of saying that if you merely read Acts 2 which mentions Jews were those who killed Christ or you dare to criticize modern-day antichrist Israel or say that some of their tactics are naziesque, you can be banned for being anti-semitic. Since when did questioning or criticizing become outlawed? And Trump approves of it, which is why he dissed GAB and set up at Rumble.

    This is smoke and mirrors. NOTHING will come of it. He couldn’t get it done in the White House and he won’t get it done in the public sector.

  • Loxie Lou Davie

    This Grandmother is of the opinion that we are in the midst of WW III which is, in effect, The Globalists vs. The Patriots…..of whatever country!! We also must remember that we are not alone in the Universe & that there are “other forces” involved regards Planet Earth!!

    With all the w/w flooding going on, we have to assume “something” is being washed away??? Then the Western U.S. is being burned up….

    Thank you, Polly for all the excellent work you have done!! Hugs from this Grandma!!! Have you had any contact with Jimmy ‘Boots’…..one wonders how he sees things progressing along that line?!!

  • Javiert

    Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay…

    http://tritorch.com/illFaresTheLand

    At the close of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, as Benjamin Franklin left the hall in Philadelphia, he was asked, “What kind of government have you given us, Dr. Franklin?” He replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    It is, was, and will always be our job to keep the government in check. If we do not, then we will end up back at square one and become slaves once again. No one is going to come to our rescue… except ourselves.

    So with that in mind, if in coming here you’ve never heard of the following:

    Asset Forfeiture, NSLs, ALEC, AIPAC, TPP
    FISA Courts, Congressional Insider Trading
    Judicial Standing, Deferred Prosecution
    Parallel Construction, Stingray Devices
    EO 12333, XKeyscore, COINTELPRO
    Pentagon Papers, Gary Webb
    Operation Mockingbird
    Operation Northwoods
    Operation Paperclip
    Project Monarch
    FASAB 56
    MKUltra

    Or worse, you’ve heard of them but can’t be bothered to care, then like it or not, you are one reason among many that we are on a one-way flight straight to Hell. To the corporations and their puppet politicians, your ignorance and apathy are worth more than all the slaves in China. Because it is your indifference that enables these bottom feeding cockroaches to thrive in the dark and rob you of your wealth and liberty.

    This is not political, it’s universal. Both of the puppet parties you think you get to choose from every two years are completely infected by blanket webs of corruption and have long ago mortgaged their allegiance to their corporate masters. And what these leeches need more than anything to survive and thrive is a stupid, apathetic populace with red tags on their ears who will lap at their feet and believe every lie they feed them, or worse, are too busy staring at their smart phones to even care that they’re being lied to.

    The natural state of humanity is to slide into slavery and conflict. Our American bulwark against that decay was built by the blood, sweat, tears, hard work, and personal sacrifice of countless millions. These people gave everything to build the pillars of justice that protect and sustain you, and it is your responsibility to give something back and sacrifice a little in order to maintain those pillars and pass them on to the next generation. Anything less is a betrayal to those who broke their back to build the structure you are now standing on. So put down your Facebook and start paying attention to the things going on around you before that structure crumbles to nothing beneath your feet and you become a slave once again.

    Remember, a nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves and you get more of what you tolerate. So turn off your Goddamn TV, turn on your mind, and get out there and stop tolerating it before you wake up one morning robbed of your remaining liberty and you no longer have a choice.

    Someone far wiser than I once pointed out that: ‘Power without oversight is the fastest route out of a democracy’. Your responsibility then, is to render that oversight.

    Joseph de Maistre said: ‘Every citizenry has the government they deserve…’

  • Nanaki

    When someone declares “people will die” as a justification for curtailing liberty, the correct response is “what are you suggesting – that liberty isn’t worth dying for? That those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms made the wrong choice?”
    -Techdirt Forum Post by OldMugwump, 2013

    The above applies to these censorship and bio-security frauds as well. If we do not stop this madness we will soon find ourselves locked inside a technological panopticon prison unlike anything seen in history.

    http://tritorch.com/liberty

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