The FTC should immediately look into Reddit banning The_Donald subreddit

June 26, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Reddit for quarantining The_Donald subreddit that has more than 750,000 followers:

“The social media platform Reddit has quarantined a pro-Trump group, which is one of the largest subreddits with over 750,000 followers, and the Federal Trade Commission needs to open an investigation into anticompetitive actions by social media platforms. Given the appearance that the activities of various social media platforms are colluding against Republicans, conservatives and Trump supporters for political purposes along with the threat of deplatforming, this significantly harms conservative groups’ ability to monetize their organizations and to communicate with their voluntary followers. These platforms set themselves up as neutral arbiters designed to allow organizations to access to their followings they invested resources to develop. The arbitrary denial of service is a violation of the rights and underlying contract when users chose to invest resources into developing followers on these platforms.”

Attachments:

“Big Tech’s bid for one-party rule could result in it getting regulated to death,” By Robert Romano, June 26, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/06/big-techs-bid-for-one-party-rule-could-result-in-it-getting-regulated-to-death/

“John Stuart Mill warned of the coming ‘social tyranny’ that is taking root on social media,” By Robert Romano, June 26, 2019 at http://dailytorch.com/2019/05/john-stuart-mill-warned-of-the-coming-social-tyranny-that-is-taking-root-on-social-media/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 1 or at media@limitgov.org

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