An Australian reporter suggested that government should be able to check students’ social media accounts in order to censor them if they do not espouse the correct opinions – or at least opinions that line up with what the school believes.
“I think all high schools should have the right to do spot checks of students’ (children’s) social media accounts to ensure they comply with the school ethos. It would surely temper some of the crude behaviour & language on there. Your thoughts?” Australian Broadcasting Company reporter Emma Alberici said on Twitter.
Most schools, of course, are government-run, and in both the United States and Australia, academia is an overwhelmingly left-wing institution. What Alberici is suggesting boils down to thought control for teenagers.
Her suggestion comes during a time of heavy tech censorship in Western countries, which has become a touchy subject for conservatives who have been removed from social media platforms for expression their political views. Laura Loomer was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and Facebook-owned Instagram for alleged violations of vague terms of service. The same happened to Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones. Others, like Gavin McInnes and Roger Stone, have been banned from Twitter.
Twitter users were critical of Alberici’s idea.
“This week on, ‘If the Nazis Had Won,'” said independent congressional candidate Steve Cox mockingly.
“This is a bad idea on virtually every level. From privacy concerns to potential exposure to retaliation for sexual identity, to the potential for abuse of power on behalf of staff,” said user Renee-Pope-Munro.
“What rights do schools have over the private social media accounts of their students? Should your gym get access to your email accounts, you know so they can make sure you are complying with their rules?” said another user.
Meanwhile, President Donald J. Trump is holding a social media summit later this month to address concerns over Big Tech censorship.
I reported on this site:
President Donald J. Trump will hold a “social media summit” on July 11 in order to address the issue of anti-conservative bias among the Big Tech community.
“The Social Media Summit set for July 11 will focus on the ‘opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment,’” POLITICO said, quoting White House Spokesperson Judd Deere.
Invitees to the summit will include “digital leaders,” according to the report, but those people have not been specifically named.
The summit, though, is a positive step forward for the Trump administration, which will need its critical social media allies in the run up to the 2020 election. Trump irked some of his supporters last night during an interview that aired “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” where he was non-committal about taking action to prevent Big Tech giants from censoring conservatives moving forward.
Trump has recognized in the past tech giants are working against conservatives.
“Look, we should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which, perhaps we will,” he told Fox Business during a phone interview.
“What they did to me on Twitter’s incredible,” he said. “I have millions and millions of followers, but I will tell you they make it very hard for people to join me on Twitter. If I announced tomorrow that I’m going to become a nice liberal Democrat, I would pick up five times more followers.”
When prompted, the tech giants deny any form of political bias.
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