Gohmert on Trump's Announcement to Protect Americans’ Rights to Free Speech on Social Media
Washington, May 29, 2020
Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the Executive Order issued by President Trump to protect Americans’ rights to free speech on social media:
Social media as a free speech platform was and should be protected. As the Trump administration has pointed out, they represent the modern-day equivalent of the public square and should protect free expression. However, there is no indication that these companies have an affinity for our First Amendment rights and it appears they are more concerned with suppressing conservative speech and promoting their own radical leftist agendas.
For instance, a disturbing 2019 undercover report caught a Google executive on camera discussing how the company can impact the upcoming presidential election and “prevent” another “Trump situation” in 2020. Twitter recently began “fact checking” President Trump’s tweets and the individual in charge of the initiative has previously made extremely derogatory comments about the Trump administration and conservatives. Prager U, an educational organization that creates videos which promote Judeo-Christian values has seen YouTube restrict and demonetize their content. Some of the videos targeted by YouTube include, “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”
If these companies would like to be protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, they must hold freedom of expression above their own political agendas. No one has yet adequately explained to me why these social media companies should not be held to the same standard of any other publisher of content that is edited for consumption by the public."