Trump wants to know if you think Facebook and Twitter are politically biased

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused social media sites of being biased against conservatives.

Now his administration wants to know if you feel the same way too. On Wednesday, the White House launched a website that lets you share if you think your social media account has been suspended, banned or reported because of political bias. 

The online form asks a series of questions, including what social media platform took action against your account. The list includes Facebook, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube, Instagram or an option for other sites. It also asks for contact information, a link to your social media account and screenshots.

“No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!,” The White House said in a tweet about the new website.

Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have banned far-right leaders from their platforms, but the tech giants have also denied that it’s because of a user’s political views. The White House’s launch of the website illustrates the growing tensions between some of the world’s largest tech companies and political leaders.

“We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”

This month, for example, Facebook booted Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who hosts InfoWars, as well as far-right commentators Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer from the social network and Instagram. The social network said the individuals violated its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations. A day after the ban, Trump said he was aware of the situation, saying in a tweet that he will continue to monitor the “censorship” of Americans on social media platforms.

In April, Facebook and Twitter representatives also testified in a congressional hearing and denied the accusations. 

Facebook and YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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2019-05-15 23:18:42 – Source: