Barack Obama adopts a “new role”: promoting censorship

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a speech at Stanford University on Thursday that embraces his “new role” in policing the national debate over whether social media companies should censor political opponents.

Obama is expected to “add his voice to demands for rules to stem the flood of lies polluting public discourse”, New York Times reported. “In private meetings and public appearances over the past year, the former president has waded deep into the public fray over misinformation and disinformation, warning that the scourge of online lies has eroded the foundations of democracy at home and abroad.”

the Time noted that this is not the first time Obama has delivered a speech on the subject. Last month, Obama spoke at an event hosted by the University of Chicago and the Atlantic. Obama said during his speech that social media companies should censor what “we don’t think is good for society.”

“I think it’s reasonable for us as a society to have a debate and then put in place a combination of regulatory measures and industry standards that leaves intact the opportunity for these platforms to earn money,” Obama continued. “But tell them there are certain practices you engage in that we don’t think are good for society.”

On Tuesday, Obama took to Twitter to suggest that censorship is needed to prevent “real challenges” to the establishment in Washington, DC. “In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly misinformation spreads, especially on social media,” he said. “It has created real challenges for our democracy.”

Obama’s “new role” of defending censorship, as the Timecomes after Twitter censored Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” story, while Facebook failed to “remove unreliable or seemingly unreliable stories – like, for example, the Steele dossier and countless articles based on it”.

The misdeeds of social media have sparked a national debate over whether platforms should be the arbiter of truth. As Elon Musk attempts a hostile takeover of the social media network, a poll suggests a plurality of Americans would support Musk in restoring Donald Trump to the platform. According to Rasmussen Reports, 46% would be approve of Trump being restored, while 43% opposed it. When independents were polled, 47% approved and 36% opposed, a gap of 11 points.

When the survey agency asked if Musk’s potential ownership of Twitter was “good,” only 24% of Democrats said it would be, while 56% of Republicans were in favor.

The poll is good news for those who oppose censorship and support the discourse of a variety of ideas. Free speech is a pillar of American society and has historically only been opposed by those who wish to stifle political opponents.

In 1789, John Adams passed the Sedition Act, punishing the deportation, fine, or imprisonment of political opponents whom he considered a threat to publish “false, scandalous, or malicious writings” against the United States government. United. In October 1799, Adams imprisoned a congressman and publisher, Matthew Lyon, for criticizing the president in his writings and speeches. The law was repealed under Thomas Jefferson.

Today, social media companies, which are mostly aligned with the Democratic Party, do not have the power to jail opponents. Instead, those who violate the terms of service are simply removed from the public square.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter and Gettr @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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