Trump wants to create a commission to assess bias in social networks

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — US President Donald Trump is considering creating a commission to deal with complaints of bias against conservatives on social networks. The administration may also encourage similar audits by federal regulatory agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Electoral Commission.

The plans that are so far under discussion are the creation of a commission by the White House that will study statements about bias and censorship online. “The left wing bias in high technology is a concern that we definitely need to tackle and at least show that Americans can clearly see what we’re dealing with,” an unnamed White House representative told The Wall Street Journal.

US President Donald Trump has long been expressing this point of view, and in a recent post on Twitter made it clear that a mechanism to deal with complaints of bias is being developed.

“The radical left completely command and control Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google,” Trump wrote on May 16, adding: his administration is “working to fix this illegal situation.”

White House plans may disagree with sector companies and other stakeholders, WSJ notes. For example, the current president of the industry association “Internet Association” John Berroya does not agree with the version of the left bias of high-tech companies. “Online platforms have no political bias and provide the opportunity to be heard by more people than at any moment in history,” he says.

Any government action entails a significant risk of error due to companies’ rights to freedom of speech and other possible problems, says Kate Royne, senior attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Although it’s impossible to predict what kind of steps the administration can take, “we know for sure that when the government tries to intervene in the decisions of private companies to moderate content based on points of view, it usually follows failures that undermine confidentiality, security and freedom words on the Internet, “she noted.


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