Former Vice-President Joe Biden is furious that President Donald Trump has dared to put out an ad stating that both he and his son Hunter were involved in corrupt dealings in Ukraine. His solution is declaring war on the internet.
Facebook has agreed to run this and other Republican ads without fact-checking them, effectively taking a neutral stance politically. To get back at Mark Zuckerberg for daring to allow the GOP to publish negative content about a Democrat candidate, the former VP says he is now in favor of changing existing laws so that all social media platforms would have to be “socially conscious.”
Naturally, Biden hasn’t clarified what the term “socially conscious” means as far as he is concerned. However, given the fact that the Democratic Party is rapidly moving far-left, one can easily imagine what a Democrat would not allow on social media in the name of maintaining a “socially conscious” internet atmosphere.
Any content supporting traditional marriage would likely be targeted, along with pro-life content, content critical of climate science, content deemed to be anti-LGBTQ, and content supporting Second Amendment rights.
While it sounds outrageous that a single party would be able to eliminate free speech online, it actually wouldn’t be too hard to do with the right politicians in office. All it takes is amending or discarding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230, which is commonly and appropriately known as the First Amendment for the online world, clearly states that online platforms cannot be held legally liable for content posted by users. Without this amendment, social media giants and website and blog platforms would impose Draconian measures preventing users from uploading any content that could offend anyone.
Sadly, former Vice-President Joe Biden isn’t the only Democrat politician who is eager to ditch free speech rights for hundreds of millions of people just to “get even” with Facebook. Sen. Kamala Harris has been pushing for free speech restrictions online as well, repeatedly calling on Congress to modify or even eliminate Section 230 altogether. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to limit free speech online by not only tampering with Section 230, but also requiring companies such as Google and Facebook to partner with the Federal government in working on algorithms that would “minimize the spread of misinformation.”
Like the former Vice-President, Andrew Yang hasn’t clearly stated what constitutes “misinformation” in his opinion. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi voiced her contempt for Section 230, calling it a “privilege” and stating that “it could be removed”. Her comments are an affront to anyone who appreciates the freedom of belief, speech, and assembly granted by the Constitution. Clearly, these rights are not “privileges” to be granted or taken away by the elite at a whim.
Given the fact that Biden is borderline senile, it’s easy to dismiss what he has to say about modifying free speech rights for the internet community. However, his comments show that the supposedly “moderate” former Vice-President is moving to the left in an effort to boost his campaign. Furthermore, the fact that his contempt for free speech on the internet is shared by many powerful members of his own party should serve as a wake-up call for people on both sides of the political aisle.