BREAKING: FULL TEXT – TRUMP PLACES YOUTUBE TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM – UNDER PUBLIC CONTROL
Trump Decrees that these are part of the 'Public Square'
May 29, 2020 – Late in the day on May 28th, 2020 Donald Trump announced and signed an Executive Order titled ‘Preventing Online Censorship‘.
As an independent, citizen journalism outfit, FRN fully endorses President Trump’s bold move in the direction of digital democracy and protecting speech. As our world and our lives become more digitized, with more time online, our existences themselves become more digitized. Democratic rights within a constitutional republic cannot stop when we turn our computers on. The virtual sphere of social media is absolutely the new public sphere, and must be a commons that all can enjoy and express themselves, exchange ideas and pertinent information, to challenge authority and speak truth to power.
A decade ago it would have been unthinkable that a Republican administration would carry out such a sweeping reform in this direction. Given the massive events over the last few years, no new things really surprise us anymore, even though they are no less amazing.
We look forward to this new era of digital freedoms, and we support the efforts of AG Barr, and those in the Congress who will move proactively in support of this undoubtedly popular and timely EO.
In a careful reading of the Order, below, it is clear about two main points that other media has failed to interpret, however, which indeed justifies our very headline.
- The social media giants named, act as essentially features of the public square. This is a tremendous statement to include in the preambulatory remarks, because it has democratized social media.
- Social media will be treated as a publisher if they publish, and as a platform if they platform. In either event, they must either give fair hearing to a robust debate or they must simply not censor self-publishers (users). This places them, either way, under a public control that forces them to be avenues used by the public in the public interest.
Fox News in the US broadcast most all of the president’s presentation of the Order. Below it is the full text.
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