Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.
Trump has repeatedlyÂ whinedÂ that he and his fellow conservative Republicans are at a disadvantage online â not because their bad decisions have made them unpopular online, but because they claim social media companies and search engines are somehow biased against the political right.
Now Trumpâs complaining has entered an ominous new phase: a draft White House executive order that could target tech companies who donât make Trump and conservatives look good.
The draft text directs U.S. government executive branch agencies to âensure that no online platform exercises market power in a way that harms consumers, including through the exercise of bias.â
If signed in its current form, the order would waste government time and resources to examine whether the alleged political âbiasâ of platforms like Google, Twitter, and Facebook violates antitrust laws.
The draft order would also have government agencies submit a list of recommended actions to the Director of the National Economic Council to remedy the supposed problem.
TrumpâsÂ delusionÂ about social media bias against him and other conservatives is completely unsupported by facts or evidence. Yet he has already forced the Department of Justice toÂ investigate, at taxpayer expense, why conservatives arenât more popular on Twitter.
Trump hasnât yet signed the draft order. But this administration has a longÂ track recordÂ of letting Trump signÂ meaninglessÂ orÂ harmfulÂ executive orders that address his pet causes. These are often accompanied by aÂ White House signing ceremonyÂ to appease Trumpâs ego.
If Trump looks bad on social media and in search results, itâs not because of biased online companies â itâs because Trump is a very unpopular president who says and does very unpopular things just about every day.
Trump has never had an approval rating above 50 percent, and social networks like Twitter and Facebook generally tend to reflect such popular sentiments.
An executive order wonât do anything to remedy Trumpâs âproblemsâ in that regard. But the draft orderâs existence shows once again thatÂ Trumpâs closest advisers are far too willing to validate his delusions.
Published with permission of The American Independent.