Constitutional Law Attorney, Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump Campaign, and Counsel to the President Jenna Ellis emphasized the need for Congress to act and fast to tackle big tech censorship, during Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show.” Ellis explained to host Sara A. Carter that social media companies have gone too far and act as publishers by censoring users, such as the President and prominent media outlets and reporters.
The only way to fix the problem, Ellis said, is to have the U.S. government intervene and fix Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
In recent months, just ahead of the November 2020 presidential election, social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have censored users. For example, it seems like every time the President tweets about mail-in voting being fraudulent, Twitter issues a warning or clarification to his tweets.
“What needs to happen is that Congress absolutely has to act, they need to get off their butts, they need to do something about this,” she told Carter. “And they need to make sure that section 230 whether or not it’s repealed, does not apply. And that’s where there has to be a whether it’s you know, it’s a class action or whether you know, it’s an individual plaintiff, who will actually go into court and say, Judge, look, they are acting like a publisher in this regard, because their term their use and Terms of Service are not being applied.”
The New York Post’s recent reporting on Hunter Biden’s alleged shady foreign business dealings has been censored by the platform as well. In fact, many accounts that shared the reports including that of the White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s were suspended.
The issue pushed the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to issue subpoenas to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
Ellis added of Twitter’s actions, “It’s discriminatory enforcement. And it has a chilling effect on speech because they are acting as a publisher, not a platform. And so big tech is going to have to choose Do you want censorship like you can with a publisher? Or do you want section 230 immunity? You should not be able to have both under the law.”
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
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