How to shut down the social media censorship that’s killing Americans
The social media industry is facing its first big test as the Trump administration pushes to dismantle the digital privacy rules it had established to protect the public.
The move to end online privacy protections came after months of political and industry pressure and pressure from congressional Democrats and other members of Congress.
The social network companies have been lobbying hard for the changes, which were designed to ensure the safety and security of American users, and the tech industry has been vocal in its opposition.
“We know this is going to have a chilling effect on free speech online,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a conference call last week.
“If this happens, it could have a significant chilling effect for innovation in the field.”
In its proposed budget, the Trump White House also wants to cut funding to the Department of Justice, as well as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
But the changes to social media rules are likely to face the toughest resistance in Congress, which has struggled to come to a consensus on the issue.
It’s been a contentious issue for Facebook and other social media companies, which have been criticized for allowing people to post hateful, violent, or otherwise harmful content on the platform without permission.
“It’s going to be incredibly difficult to find the money to actually implement it,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last week in a call with the news media.
Zuckerberg, who has faced criticism for being too quick to label President Donald Trump a fascist and for being a white supremacist, said that the Trump Administration had asked him to consider removing the terms “racist” and “sexist” from the terms that Facebook uses for its platform.
The company is also proposing changes to how it handles hate speech and terrorism threats on the social network.
Zuckerberg said he had received numerous calls from lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, demanding that the changes be removed from the Trump budget.
But he said he did not want to remove the protections as part of the budget.
“Our job is to protect our community, our privacy, and our people,” Zuckerberg said.
“And to do that, we have to make sure we don’t undermine the freedoms and the safety of our users.”
Zuckerberg’s comments came after Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Graff issued a statement, saying the company would continue to defend the company’s free speech.
“The President and I are committed to working together to restore our platform to its full potential, while ensuring that it continues to serve as a platform for debate, education, and empowerment,” Graff said in the statement.
“While the Administration has proposed significant changes to the way we handle our users’ information, we will continue to use our platform and our tools to build a platform that is safe, safe, and respectful for everyone.”
Facebook’s Facebook CEO Sheryl Gurley Brown, right, meets with Vice President Mike Pence, center, at the White House on May 8, 2019.
Facebook’s CEO Sherl Graff, left, listens to Vice President Pence at the President’s State of the Union address in the East Room of the White Senate on May 16, 2019, in Washington.
Facebook has faced intense criticism for the way it handles the content of its users.
In February, Congress passed legislation that would have banned all federal spending on the Facebook ads platform until it could establish stricter guidelines.
The bill died in the Senate after it was defeated in a House vote.
Facebook is the fastest-growing platform on the web, and is estimated to be worth more than $2 trillion, according to estimates from Gartner.
Facebook said it was making the changes as part for the new year, and will be sharing more information on how it’s doing in the coming weeks.
“When we do change, we are committed that it is for the benefit of our customers and their privacy and security,” the company said in its statement.
Zuckerberg has also criticized Facebook’s use of its own advertising revenue to pay for news stories, calling it “one of the worst ways to make money” in the world.
He also has defended Facebook’s decision to hire a former Trump campaign staffer, who is now an executive vice president at Facebook, as a “sources call” who will provide advice to the company.