Saturday, April 13, 2019

Like Municipalities and Public Utilities, Social Media Platforms Have Become Quasi-Governmental Agencies Engaging in the Formal Political and Voting Process and Must Therefore Be Impartial

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

The Federal Government of the United States of America has declared that the Russian Government has utilized social media platforms to illegally undermine the fair and free election process of the United States. The Federal Government has thereby acknowledged that social media platforms are public and quasi-governmental agencies engaged in the formal political process of the United States. Free and fair access for all to these social media platforms is essential to the political process and any restrictions imposed on individuals, groups or points of view inhibits the rights of all Americans to representative government, in favor of totalitarian special interests with the disproportionate financial means to undermine our democracy.

Social media platforms are presently employing selective enforcement of their Terms of Service agreements which are imposed without negotiation, and have rendered those TOS agreements waivers of rights and the biased enforcement of particular political viewpoints. This constitutes a totalitarian political system which is proscribed by the Constitution of the United States of America. We need new laws which compel social media outlets which serve as quasi-governmental agencies and public spaces to operate without bias and with complete impartiality granting free access to all without restrictions on points of view or limits to the rights of free expression. These social media outlets which are an integral part of our formal political process must allow all citizens to engage in the public discussion on a level and fair playing field.