- The White House on Wednesday unveiled a new tool for people to report bias or censorship they encounter on social media.
- But before users can provide the material, they must answer a question: Are you a US citizen or permanent resident?
- The form doesn’t say exactly how the information will be used, which in the case of people who aren’t citizens or permanent residents could be dangerous.
- President Donald Trump is trying to add a similar citizenship question to the 2020 census, but that’s still being decided by the Supreme Court.
- Read more on Business Insider’s homepage.
The White House’s new online tool for people to report bias or censorship on social media asks users to submit screenshots, links, and any other details that could show they were penalised for their political views.
It also wants to know whether they’re a US citizen.
The online form, launched on Wednesday and officially called the Tech Bias Story Sharing Tool, asks about nationality in the third question, right after a user enters their first and last name.
“Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident?” the form asks.
The landing page for the tool – a simple Typeform site – says: “Too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”
The problem is that the form doesn’t say exactly how the information will be used, which in the case of people who aren’t citizens or permanent residents could be dangerous. The Trump administration has pushed for stricter immigration laws, and Trump has called for deporting immigrants who are in the country illegally without the usual legal process.
Trump is trying to add a similar citizenship question to the 2020 census, but that’s still being decided by the Supreme Court, which heard arguments in the case in late April. Opponents of adding the question say it could discourage participation in the census and ultimately affect the allocation of congressional seats.
Adding the citizenship question to the new social-media-bias tool could be a straightforward way for the White House to narrow down the submissions it reviews. In fact, if you select “no,” the form does not allow you to move forward. It does, however, collect a person’s first and last name.
The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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