Trump White House solicits complaints about social media censorship

Twitter CEO in addition to also co-founder Jack Dorsey gestures while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in brand new Delhi on November 12, 2018.

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The Trump Administration on Wednesday opened an online form where Americans can share instances in which they’ve been censored by social media platforms like Facebook in addition to also YouTube.

The form asks users to share their contact information, social media links, their citizenship in addition to also residency status in addition to also links or screenshots of any social media content they’ve posted which was censored by Facebook or its Instagram service, Twitter, or Google’s YouTube.

“This kind of permission grants the U.S. Government a license to use, edit, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, post, or otherwise distribute all or part of the Content (including edited, composite, or derivative works made therefrom),” reads the user agreement for the form.

The White House’s brand new form comes as more politicians are pushing for regulation against online platforms, that has a focus on Facebook specifically. Multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates including Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden in addition to also Kamala Harris have said they would certainly consider breaking up Facebook.

Meanwhile, Facebook is usually expecting to be hit that has a fine of up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission related to the company’s March 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a political consulting firm improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users.

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