White House Unveils New Social Media Reporting Tool

The White House has released a new form for Americans to report instances of perceived censorship of political views on social media platforms. The release of the form was announced via the White House’s official Twitter account. The post read: “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.”

The form asks users to provide some identifying information, including email address, whether they’re over 18, and their citizenship or residency status. The form then asks the user to provide links to accounts and relevant tweets, a description of the action taken by the social media company, and screenshots of any notifications they received. The form also requests permission to add the user to an email newsletter to provide information updates directly to the user.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the information collected would not be shared with the president’s re-election campaign. However, it is unclear whether any part of the administration beyond the White House would be evaluating the data collected through the online tool. Numerous politicians have been pushing for more regulation of social media platforms. Over the past year, lawmakers have held several hearings on the matter.

In recent months, the social media companies have taken action to reduce false, misleading, and incendiary content on their platforms. This has resulted in handful of far-right personalities being banned from the platforms, including Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos. This has led to accusations of bias and censorship for the social media companies.

Facebook, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and Twitter have all denied that their platforms favor content from Democrats and block content from some Republicans. A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement, “We enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation. We are constantly working to improve our systems and will continue to be transparent in our efforts.”