On Thursday, following the announcement of his digital card collection, former President Trump unveiled his free speech policy, vowing to hold those who push censorship accountable.
The policy, which includes promises to fire any federal official engaging in censorship and bar federal funds for universities that censor speech, President Trump noted, “the censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed.”
“In recent weeks, bombshell reports have confirmed that a sinister group of Deep State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists, and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American People,” Trump announced in the video below. “The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed — and it must happen immediately.”
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The platform includes:
- “An executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business, or person, to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens.”
- A ban on “federal money from being used to label domestic speech as ‘mis-‘ or ‘dis-information.’”
- “Firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship.”
- A DOJ “investigation of all parties involved in the new online censorship regime” and to “aggressively prosecute any and all crimes identified.”
- Signing a bill “revising section 230 to get big online platforms” out of the censorship business. Digital platforms “should online qualify for immunity protection under section 230 if they meet high standards of neutrality, transparency, fairness, and non-discrimination.”
- An end to federal funding of universities that engage in censorship activities such as “flagging social media content for removal.”
- Enacting new laws “laying out clear criminal penalties for federal bureaucrats who partner with private entities to do an end run around the Constitution” to deprieve Americans of free speech.
- To counter the problem of infiltration by intelligence officials of tech platforms a “7-year cooling-off period before any employee of the FBI, CIA, NSA, DNI, DHS, or DOD is allowed to take a job at a company possessing vast quantities of U.S. user data.”
“Enacting a “digital bill of rights” that includes “a right to digital due process — in other words, government officials should need a court order to take down online content, not send information requests such as the FBI was sending to Twitter,” Trump said.