Trump vows to ban Feds from identifying domestic ‘misinformation’

Former President Donald Trump vowed Thursday that he will ban the federal government from using the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” to describe domestic language if he takes back the White House.

Trump, 76, made the pledge as part of a broader “free speech” platform announced in a video policy statement shared with The Post – and also vowed to impose a seven-year ban on the former FBI and CIA prevents employees from dealing with private individuals. Sector US Consumer Records.

Trump said this month’s Twitter Files disclosures “confirmed that a sinister group of Deep State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, leftist activists and depraved corporate news media have conspired to manipulate and silence the American people.” .

“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed – and it must be done immediately,” Trump said in the video.

Some of Trump’s proposed policies — like barring legal immunity for technology platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act unless they act neutrally — have been pushed forward by the 45th president since his inauguration, while others would break new ground.

Trump said that one of his first acts as president in January 2025 would be to ban federal police from lawful domestic speech.

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“Within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order barring any federal department or agency from working with any organization, corporation or person to censor, restrict, categorize or interfere with the lawful speech of American citizens,” he said .

“I will then ban using federal funds to flag domestic speech as ‘misinformation’ or ‘disinformation.’ And I will begin to identify and fire every federal bureaucrat who has participated – directly or indirectly – in domestic censorship – whether it be the Democrats, the Republicans, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, the DOJ, no matter who they are.”

Though banning the use of the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation” would be a dramatic break with the Biden administration — which has admitted to “flagging” posts for Facebook to censor them while allegedly using social media tip lines pursuing deletion requests—it is, too, in line with the stance of left-leaning First Amendment advocates.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in response to an Oct. 31 report by The Intercept on federal pressure on social media to censor content: “The First Amendment prevents the government from deciding for us what is true or false, online or anywhere.”

Trump announced his third straight presidential election on Nov. 15, but kept a relatively low profile without his typical rallies and without the blanket media coverage that defined his first candidacy in 2015-2016.

His first month of campaigning was rocked by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of a special counsel, veteran prosecutor Jack Smith, to lead investigations into Trump’s role in contesting the 2020 election results and his handling of classified records. Trump has faced controversy for having dinner with rapper Kanye West, despite his recent record of anti-Jewish remarks and West’s white nationalist associate, Nick Fuentes.

Trump’s appeal for big tech free speech includes proposals to freeze federal funding for universities that have engaged in speech censorship, as well as a seven-year ban from working in big tech by “deep staters” — an apparent nod to the former’s recent firing Twitter’s FBI General Counsel Jim Baker for allegedly retracting CEO Elon Musk’s push for transparency to uncover historic censorship decisions.

“To address the problems of large platforms being infiltrated by legions of ex-Deep Staters and intelligence officials, there should be a 7-year cooling off period before anyone from the FBI, CIA, NSA, DNI, DHS, or DOD is admitted will take a job at a company that has vast amounts of US user data,” Trump said.

The ex-president also proposed a digital bill of rights that “should include a right to digital due process — in other words, government officials should require a court order to remove online content, not send requests for information like they do FBI broadcast Twitter.”

https://nypost.com/2022/12/15/trump-vows-to-ban-feds-from-id-ing-domestic-misinformation-if-elected/ Trump vows to ban Feds from identifying domestic ‘misinformation’

JACLYN DIAZ

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