Posted on December 15, 2022

Trump Vows to Ban Feds From ID-Ing Domestic ‘Misinformation’ If Elected

Steven Nelson, New York Post, November 15, 2022

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

The 76-year-old Trump made the pledge as part of a broader “free speech” platform announced in a video policy statement shared with The Post — vowing also to impose a seven-year ban on former FBI and CIA workers handling private-sector US consumer records.

Trump said this month’s “Twitter Files” releases “confirmed that a sinister group of Deep State bureaucrats, Silicon Valley tyrants, left-wing activists, and depraved corporate news media have been conspiring to manipulate and silence the American People.”

“The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed — and it must happen immediately,” Trump said in the video, which is expected to be the first in a series of policy announcements as part of his 2024 presidential campaign.

Some of Trump’s proposals — such as limiting Section 230 legal immunity for tech platforms unless they act with political neutrality — were pushed by the 45th president since his time in office, while others would forge new ground.

Trump said that one of his first acts as the 47th president in January 2025 would be to prohibit federal policing of lawful domestic speech.

“Within hours of my inauguration, I will sign an executive order banning any federal department or agency from colluding with any organization, business, or person, to censor, limit, categorize, or impede the lawful speech of American citizens,” he said.

“I will then ban federal money from being used to label domestic speech as ‘mis-‘ or ‘dis-information’. And I will begin the process of identifying and firing every federal bureaucrat who has engaged in domestic censorship {snip}”


Trump’s Big Tech free speech appeal includes proposals to throttle federal funds for universities that partnered with companies to censor speech as well as a seven-year ban on working in Big Tech by “deep staters” — an apparent nod to new Twitter CEO Elon Musk firing former FBI general counsel Jim Baker for allegedly throwing up internal resistance to transparency about past censorship decisions.

The ex-president also pitched a Digital Bill of Rights that “should include a right to digital due process — in other words, government officials should need a court order to take down online content, not send information requests such as the FBI was sending to Twitter.”

Trump said the proposed manifesto would include the rights to be notified if large online platforms remove, shadow ban or otherwise restrict their accounts, along with a right to an explanation and an ability to appeal. {snip}