"I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know. I’ve never been a big [Mark] Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem…
[The New York Times] can’t write something you know to be false and be exempt from being sued. But he [Zuckerberg] can. The idea that it’s a tech company is that Section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act] should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms.
It should be revoked because [Facebook] is not merely an internet company. It is propagating falsehoods they know to be false, and we should be setting standards not unlike the Europeans are doing relative to privacy...There is no editorial impact at all on Facebook. None. None whatsoever. It's irresponsible. It's totally irresponsible."
Source: New York Times Editorial Board, "Joe Biden," nytimes.com, Jan. 17, 2020
"[W]e [President Trump and his supporters] had a terrible bias [from social media companies]. We have censorship like nobody has any understanding or nobody can believe...
[Editor's Note: In Aug. 2019, President Trump drafted an executive order that would give the FCC legal oversight over social media platforms and a mandate to develop new rules about decisions to take down content.
It’s a collusion between the Democrats and the media and social media and these platforms. It’s a disgraceful thing…
Two months ago, we created a new White House tool to report social media bias, censorship, and discrimination...
I’m directing my administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect free speech and the free-speech rights of all Americans...
Big tech must not censor the voices of the American people… [T]his new technology is so powerful and so important, and it has to be used fairly."
Source: Donald Trump, "Remarks by President Trump at the Presidential Social Media Summit," whitehouse.gov, July 12, 2019
Sources: Emily Birnbaum, "Barr Threatens Tech's Prized Legal Shield," thehill.com, Feb. 20, 2020
MIT Techology Review, "The White House Wants to Regulate Social Media Moderation," technologyreview.com, Aug. 12, 2019]
No. The state will then have the power to silence government critics. The ways to counter social media misinformation are the same ones we should employ in relation to any open, democratic news platforms such as print media and TV and radio broadcasters: teach critical thinking and news literacy in public schools, promote strong professional journalism, and expose misinformation in credible news sources.
Source: Email from Kevin Zeese with the Hawkins campaign, July 2, 2020
"No. The government should not censor speech. Social media platforms should be free to set their own rules. So long as the government remains uninvolved, they will be subject competition. Competing platforms will eventually replace those whose policies are viewed to be unreasonable by their customers."
Source: Communication from the Jorgensen campaign to ProCon.org on Aug. 26, 2020