White House Staffers Prepare Executive Order to Protect Small Publishers from Social Media Censorship

Elder Patriot – It’s no secret that without the help of small, independent publishers like the one you’re reading helping elevate Donald Trump he likely never would’ve been elected.  

Our success was met by social media giants Google and Facebook with the resolve to silence us.  Once thriving small publishers were driven to and over the brink of extinction.

Curiously, the government chose not to involve itself despite the loss of hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars of tax revenue.

The goal of Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others is to control the outcome of future elections in order to advance their progressive (read Marxist) agenda.  

Tucker Carlson has been covering this story over the past couple of nights:

Like virtually every other surviving small publisher we’ve been warning about these monoliths’ ability to turn Americans into sheep by restricting their access to competing opinions and contrarian news accounts.

We also identified exactly when the pivot to censorship began for Facebook.  

Now it appears help is on the way, not only for conservative publishers, but for Americans starving to read and hear alternative opinions to failing leftist ideology.

The Capitol Forum reported that President Trump is considering signing an Executive Order calling for the executive branch to better police dominant online platforms, according to multiple sources who have seen the document.

The draft is written in two parts—a policy statement and an instruction to all agencies. In the policy statement, the draft says that platforms are central to the flow of information and commerce and need to be held accountable through competition, sources said.

The second part instructs agencies to enforce against anticompetitive conduct when they have authority, and, if they don’t, to report concerns or issues to the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice, the sources said.

The circulation of the draft executive order is a result of an FTC inquiry to explore whether antitrust laws should be applied to the tech monopolies as conservatives have found it increasingly difficult to be widely heard on social media..

Here is the text of the proposed Executive Order:

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PROTECT COMPETITION AND SMALL BUSINESSES FROM BIAS IN ONLINE PLATFORMS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to protect American consumers and workers and encourage competition in the U.S. economy, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. Online platforms are central to American commerce and the free flow of news and information. Whether reading news or looking for local businesses, citizens rely on search, social media, and other online platforms to provide objective and reliable information to shape a host of decisions ranging from consumer purchases to votes in elections. Because of their critical role in American society, it is essential that American citizens are protected from anticompetitive acts by dominant online platforms. Vibrant competition in the online ecosystem is essential to ensuring accountability for the platforms that hold so much sway over our economy and democratic process.

[Can expand this section, if necessary, to provide more detail on role of platforms and the importance of competition]

Section 2. Agency Responsibilities.

(a) Executive departments and agencies with authorities that could be used to enhance competition among online platforms (agencies) shall, where consistent with other laws, use those authorities to promote competition and ensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.

(b) Agencies with authority to investigate anticompetitive conduct shall thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws, as defined in subsection (a) of the first section of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. § 12, or any other law intended to protect competition.

(c) Should an agency learn of possible or actual anticompetitive conduct by a platform that the agency lacks the authority to investigate and/or prosecute, the matter should be referred to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission.

(d) Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias; (2) any relevant authorities and tools potentially available to enhance competition among and protect the users of online platforms.

(e) Not later than 60 days from the date of this order, agencies shall report to the President, through the Director of the National Economic Council, recommendations on agency-specific actions in response to paragraphs (d) of this section. Such recommendations shall include a list of priority actions, including rulemakings, as well as timelines for completing those actions

Section 3. General Provisions.

(a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Independent agencies are strongly encouraged to comply with the requirements of this order.

(c) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to a department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person