Banned from social media? Feeling persecuted and censored? Report it to Donald Trump!

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The White House has launched a new tool that enables people to report the fact that they have been kicked off the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The tool is aimed at people who have had their social media presence curtailed and "suspect political bias" is involved. Anyone who feels aggrieved is invited to "share your story with President Trump".

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The tool takes the form of a questionnaire on Typeform, and if you want to report what you deem to be unfair censorship, you'll need to share some information about yourself. You'll also be invited to sign up for presidential newsletters. Making a report does not guarantee that your case will be looked into, but it will probably be added to Trump's list of "proofs" that social media giants are biased against him and like-minded people.

The introductory page to the new reporting tool greets visitors by saying:

SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear "violations" of user policies.

No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.

Trump's love/hate relationship with social media is well-known. While Twitter is his preferred method of communicating with the world, venting spleen and airing grievances, he also frequently complains about "liberal bias". This new tool appears to be little more than an information gathering initiative to try to prove a point -- and scrape up new email addresses into the bargain.

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43 Responses to Banned from social media? Feeling persecuted and censored? Report it to Donald Trump!

  1. sounder ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ says:

    According to twitter TOC Trump should have been banned.

    • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

      They would file for bankruptcy within weeks if he is not on twitter.
      You need to pay attention beyond your obvious political leanings.

      • 1DaveN says:

        Why? Every tweet he spews is reported in the press, so there's no need to visit twitter, or even have an account, to know what driveled out.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        "Why?"
        If you have to ask, then your problem is not only your obvious TDS, but also failure to do simple research.

  2. tafugate says:

    since the orange buffoon identifies most closely with society's lowest common denominators, this is a logical progression.

  3. TechFan says:

    Not sure why you put liberal bias in quotes.

    • Tasburath says:

      Because he doesn't believe there is such a thing as liberal bias.

      • TechFan says:

        How could anyone believe there is not?

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        There are some who can't think for themselves. If it was on CNN/MSNBC/NBC/ABC, ...etc, then it must be true. If those outlets did not report it, then it never happened.

    • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

      Because Mark has an advanced case of TDS.
      He is irrelevant to US politics, but that does not stop him from spewing his garbage on sites like Beta News, instead of keeping on his personal sites/social media accounts.

      • Georgia Little says:

        Mark is a Scot and subject of the British Crown. He's pretty left on everything including Brexit. He chooses the EU over independence and freedom. But hey, that's his choice and it's OK. I remember when "journalists" were objective and didn't show their biases. Those were the days.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        Plus Mark seems to be confused and can't find the proper platform where he can spew his political activism. Beta News was never about politics. It started originally as a site that was reporting early releases of software, then expanded into general tech news and commentary.
        He should join some far left sites, they are dime a dozen, or start his own blog and whine about Trump there.

  4. 1DaveN says:

    I can't wait to see how many gullible suckers give their personal information to a political campaign. This program seems tailor made for those who don't get enough robocalls and spam.

    • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

      Funny, you buy into conspriacy theories, but accuse others of being " gullible suckers"?
      There is zero evidence to what you are alleging, but don't let facts stand in your way.

      • 1DaveN says:

        Nor is there any evidence to the contrary. If I'm reporting some kind of imaginary anti-conservative bias in social media, why do they need my e-mail address and cellphone number? If this were a legitimate request for information for a valid purpose, why not let people report anonymously? After all, it's social media - if I anonymously report something, they can go and see it for themselves.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        "Nor is there any evidence to the contrary."

        It does not work that way.
        You made the allegations, you have to prove it.
        We don't have to prove a negative, or accommodate your conspiracy theories.

        "imaginary anti-conservative bias"
        Either you were living under a rock, or are intentionally lying.

        "why not let people report anonymously?"
        So that you and your fellow liberals accuse the reports of being by "Russian bots"?
        Yeah, nice try buddy.

    • TechFan says:

      Sadly - it's all public record once you register to vote. You can look up anyone, and they will tell you what party they are voting for. Which does tie into this article.

      We have a city Facebook page (all the stuff going on here - like every town), and some anti-Trump guy started trolling it and bashing people left and right. So that same guy, knowing the state we are in, went to that online database, put people's names in (as most on FB use their real names), and started posting their home addresses encouraging people to pay them a visit.

      • 1DaveN says:

        Agreed, except that here (upstate NY), the voter registration people don't have my e-mail address or any phone numbers. I can call them, but their only way of contacting me is through USPS.

  5. psycros says:

    If Trump's speech on social media is a "public forum" where he has no option to censor anyone (as determined by an openly activist court) then clearly all social media should be free of bias and censorship. Its only fair, right?

    • Ivan says:

      Having studied constitutional law, something Trump does not understand or willfully misunderstands, the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech especially when a speaker has no control over it in a forum or in public. You do not have to be in any special place such as Twitter or Facebook to exercise this freedom, but keep in mind, the United States Supreme Court did rule some years back there is also abuse of Freedom of speech, so one does have to be careful, Careful is not in the vocabulary of Trump. Trump is gathering information and only God knows why and as far as I am concerned he can not be trusted under any circumstances. Trump does nothing as we have all seen that does not benefit him in some way.

  6. Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

    It is no secret Mark is another victim of the Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    What he deceptively tells you, that you are reporting this to Trump, while the link is to the White House site, a common practice nearly all presidents since Bill Clinton allowed to contact the White House, also deceptively tells you "This new tool appears to be little more than an information gathering
    initiative to try to prove a point -- and scrape up new email addresses
    into the bargain" with ZERO evidence on that.
    Hey Mark, how about staying on the tech side and take your political, far left activism to another venue?
    You are not even a US citizen, we don't want your opinion on US politics, nor care about it.

    • 1DaveN says:

      Trump is the one buying into conspiracy theories. As for caring about Mark's opinions, speak for yourself. Not everyone agrees with the silly right-wing trope that the whole world is out to get the poor, long-suffering conservatives.

      • async2013 says:

        Stick to your own introverted bubble. Im glad many people see the bigger picture

      • 1DaveN says:

        I should stick to my bubble, whatever that means, but you're free to bloviate at will? Sorry, I lost interest in your opinion years ago.

      • async2013 says:

        Good good. Im so happy not to get close to a lefty. I prefer people with backbones

      • scutis says:

        There you go again with your delusional, tds, self-radicalizing foolishness. Typical cultureless white leftist

        Go have a mayo sandwich and watch some Friends reruns, nobody.

      • 1DaveN says:

        That's a brilliant comment. Your mother must be proud.

      • scutis says:

        Oh sorry, I meant a mayo and lettuce sandwich and 3rd Rock From the Sun. Is that more up your leftist mayonite alley?

      • adevar says:

        I would never go so far as to say 'the whole world is out to get conservatives'... but anyone who claims that conservatives aren't given less leeway (or judged more harshly) on most social media platforms like Twitter - and that there isn't a demonstrable liberal bias in many if not most of the mainstream media outlets is either fooling themselves or just being deliberately obtuse... you choose.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        "Trump is the one buying into conspiracy theories."

        Where? Which one?
        Coming from the same crowd who changed "Russia! Russia Collusion! Whah!" for over 3 years, you really are the ones to mention conspiracy theories.

        "speak for yourself"
        I never said I speak for anyone, but you seem to be triggered, and firing responses. I guess you can't handle your bubble being burst, and your liberal utopia talking points being challenged.

        " Not everyone agrees with the silly right-wing trope that the whole world is out to get the poor, long-suffering conservatives."

        Lying again? No one said "the whole world", nowhere.
        Yep, you are definitely lying.

        If you are saying the high tech elites are conservatives or support conservatives, then you are either lying, or way out of touch.

        But you know what? Arguing with people like you just is a waste of time.
        Instead, let's just list facts here, and leave you with your conspiracy theories and lies.

        Twitter, Facebook and google/youtube, all use SPLC to identify "hate speech" a known far left outlet that was crumbling under lawsuits even by moderate muslims, liberatarians and Jewish groups who were smeared by them.

        Same with them using snopes. A discredited outlet that their own admins self identify as liberals. There are pages and pages of their misconduct, intentionally misleading "fact checks" and bungling basic facts.

        Youtube internal videos and memos leaked showing discussion and implementation of lowering search ranking of "right wing" sources, and de-monitizing videos from even libertarian and independent groups, not only conservative sources.

        Same with Facebook, caught limiting visibility of conservative content.
        Go search for "facebook deboosting" and find out yourself.

        Facebook and twitter engineers admitted on video of far left activism, full length unedited videos are published and can easily be found in few seconds if you are competent to search the web and not reading wearing your far left glasses.

        Facebook CEO was grilled by the congress for getting caught censoring conservatives, unless you were living in a cave or something.

        Here are some of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quotes:
        ‘We can’t afford to be neutral anymore’
        ‘Twitter amplifies counter narrative when Trump tweets'
        The Hill (not exactly a Conservative outlet) headline: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I 'fully admit' our bias is 'more left-leaning'

        Yeah, you are right, not leftist liberal bias on social media, none whatsoever.
        Your angry responses have nothing in them that can be even remotely based on reality, or relied on facts.

        I know you will probably respond with similar angry comment, and will ignore the facts and references listed in this comment, but don't worry, no one is expecting you to change your mind and see how out of touch you are. Keep building conspiracy theories based on your own lies.
        Like I said, arguing with people like is a waste of time.

      • Bro Topian says:

        Conspiracy? That total bullsh-t. It's just a fact that "woke progressives" employed at these companies, almost all of which are in ultra-liberal San Francisco and New York City, are going nuts with the suspend buttons. Many of the bans at Twitter get lifted later after they're appealed. Facebook's calling people like Laura Loomer "dangerous" for doing her 1-woman protests on youtube. It's ridiculous. Also look at Chase's suspension of Joe Biggs BANK ACCOUNT. He's some conservative veteran dude with a small following. His timeline doesn't have much that's very controversial. Chase suspended his checking account without even giving a reason.
        It's a stark reminder, if not an alarm, about why you are smarter having a small local bank and not invest your whole existence into big tech's lures of "free services" or use them at all. It's not their role in society to tell others what to think, anymore than it's the phone company's role to suspend your phone line because you said something they disagree with.
        Replace Facebook and Twitter with Mastodon, Minds, or IRC
        Replace Chase and PayPal with a credit union.
        Replace Youtube with D-Tube or a few dozen other streaming sites (or at least mirror your content there)

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        Everything you posted can be proven by a simple check. Our friend 1DaveN here is simply choosing to ignore them.

        The fact is that Conservatives on Twitter, Facebook, youtube and others keep getting their accounts locked or permanently suspended.
        Just yesterday, Candace Owens Facebook account was suspended, Michelle Malkin suspended for protesting censorship.
        Laura Loomer was permanently suspended, yet antisemitic far left Louis Farakhan still has account.
        It is a waste of time arguing with such people. They are programmed to hate and dismiss based on party affiliation or depending which side of the aisle is being censored.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        "Trump is the one buying into conspiracy theories."

        Where? Which one?
        Coming from the same crowd who changed "Russia! Russia Collusion! Whah!" for over 3 years, you really are the ones to mention conspiracy theories.

        "speak for yourself"
        I never said I speak for anyone, but you seem to be triggered, and firing responses. I guess you can't handle your bubble being burst, and your liberal utopia talking points being challenged.

        " Not everyone agrees with the silly right-wing trope that the whole world is out to get the poor, long-suffering conservatives."

        Lying again? No one said "the whole world", nowhere.
        Yep, you are definitely lying.

        If you are saying the high tech elites are conservatives or support conservatives, then you are either lying, or way out of touch.

      • Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

        Arguing with people like you just is a waste of time.
        Instead, let's just list facts here, and leave you with your conspiracy theories and lies.

        Twitter, Facebook and google/youtube, all use SPLC to identify "hate speech" a known far left outlet that was crumbling under lawsuits even by moderate muslims, liberatarians and Jewish groups who were smeared by them.

        Same with them using snopes. A discredited outlet that their own admins self identify as liberals. There are pages and pages of their misconduct, intentionally misleading "fact checks" and bungling basic facts.

        Youtube internal videos and memos leaked showing discussion and implementation of lowering search ranking of "right wing" sources, and de-monitizing videos from even libertarian and independent groups, not only conservative sources.

        Same with Facebook, caught limiting visibility of conservative content.
        Go search for "facebook deboosting" and find out yourself.

        Facebook and twitter engineers admitted on video of far left activism, full length unedited videos are published and can easily be found in few seconds if you are competent to search the web and not reading wearing your far left glasses.

        Facebook CEO was grilled by the congress for getting caught censoring conservatives, unless you were living in a cave or something.

        Here are some of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey quotes:
        ‘We can’t afford to be neutral anymore’
        ‘Twitter amplifies counter narrative when Trump tweets'
        The Hill (not exactly a Conservative outlet) headline: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I 'fully admit' our bias is 'more left-leaning'

        But yeah, you are right, not leftist liberal bias on social media, none whatsoever.
        Your angry responses have nothing in them that can be even remotely based on reality, or relied on facts.

        I know you will probably respond with similar angry comment, and will ignore the facts and references listed in this comment, but don't worry, no one is expecting you to change your mind and see how out of touch you are. Keep building conspiracy theories based on your own lies.
        Like I said, arguing with people like is a waste of time.

    • async2013 says:

      Absolutely spot on. There's nothing worse than someone from another country spouting their liberal ideals on others especially when those ideals make for a much worse world

  7. Georgia Little says:

    Great tool. I see lots of uses including here.

  8. Pecan says:

    Does anyone still think socialist media should advance freedom of speech?
    The left equate freedom with hate and demonstrate against it. Nothing but obedience to the totalitarian whim will do for them.

  9. Reagan_ConservativeUSA says:

    I guess Mark can't handle people calling out his far left activism. My comments are being removed, and one of them falsely labeled as spam, hallmark of leftist "tolerance" and fascism.
    Thanks for proving me right.

    • Darwin Noman says:

      There appears to be a BetaNews mafia that buries certain posts and people with regularity. But I've said too much.

  10. baggman744 says:

    the freedom speech guy who bans reporters from the white house. I can't wait until this guy is out of office.

  11. ftanner says:

    Here's my take on the whole "censorship" nonsense.

    Yes, they are private companies, who can legally censor all that they want. However, at what point do they become a "de-facto" communications platform? At what point does their censorship literally affect the public discourse? To paraphrase something that someone has already stated on another site, phone companies are ALSO private companies. Someone like Facebook censoring your posts and/or banning you for what you have said would be no different than Verizon cancelling your cell phone service because they don't like what you talk about to your friends.

    These companies love to make use of DCMA and other "common carrier rules" to protect them from their user's "created content", but then turn around and ban those same users when they say something "objectionable" to the company. You cannot invoke "common carrier protections" on the one hand and then flout those same "common carrier rules" when they inconvenience you as an organization. Especially when there is no real process to "fight" the ban. You're stuck at someone's whim on whether or not they consider it "offensive".

    As an example, I posted an image mocking the KKK on Facebook and caught a 30-day ban simply because it included imagery of the KKK, which they considered "offensive". They didn't consider context. They didn't consider the message. Anything. Just that it had the imagery. And this is not the first time that they have done things like this. They censored an image of the US Constitution as "hate speech". They censored a very well known historical photograph from the Vietnam War as "pornography".

    As long as these sites can flout the common rules that govern society in the guise of "fighting offense", they will continue to do so. Who gets to decide what is "hate speech"? For example, on Twitch, there have been several streamers banned for saying that there are only two biological genders. This is a science fact. They were banned for "hate speech". There have been people banned for stating that you cannot change your biological gender on Twitch as well. This is ALSO a science fact. When facts become "hate speech", you've "jumped the shark" and need to re-evaluate your stance because this means that *ANYTHING*, literally, can be considered "hate speech" to someone.

    As a Constitutional Libertarian, I am a proponent of small government, but regulations "where they make sense". It feels to me like it's time to regulate these companies who have become the "de-facto" communications mediums "for a generation" to have to follow the same Constitutional protections that the government requires of other "common carriers" such as the telecommunications industry.

  12. ftanner says:

    I like how this craptastic forum software "detected" my previous post as spam, despite it not being spam and having exactly ZERO links in it. AND doesn't give me an option to dispute it.

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