Obama calls for increased regulation of social media to fight ‘disinformation’

As it appears more likely than ever that billionaire genius Elon Musk will soon acquire Twitter, establishment Democrats are trotting out some of the heaviest hitters in the party to push a new narrative.

A prime, disturbing example, according to Breitbart, is a recent speech from former President Barack Obama, during which he called for increased censorship on social media platforms, citing an increased need to fight “disinformation.”

The speech was given at Stanford University on Thursday, and the former president was mocked on social media for some of the asinine statements he made.

During his speech, the former president made no mention of examples of Big Tech social media platforms selectively censoring information, like the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, that wasn’t “disinformation,” but rather information that wasn’t complimentary to the then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020.

First Amendment expert?

Obama described himself during the speech as “pretty close to a First Amendment absolutist.” However, that description doesn’t hold true with regard to social media platforms for the former president.

The former president told the audience: “The First Amendment is a check on the power of the state. It doesn’t apply to private companies like Facebook and Twitter.”

He added: “The First Amendment is a check on the power of the state. It doesn’t apply to private companies like Facebook and Twitter.”

Obama also failed to cite examples of COVID-related content that was censored early on in the pandemic, but later proven to be 100% true.

“[O]ver time we lose our capacity to distinguish between fact, opinion, and wholesale fiction. Or maybe we just stop caring,” he said, adding that he thinks”our brains aren’t accustomed to taking in this much information this fast, and a lot of us are experiencing overload.”

Same old talking points

After laying out his case for more regulation of social media platforms, conveniently on the cusp of Musk taking over Twitter, which is the de fact public town square, as he accurately describes it, Obama hit on a particularly played-out Democratic talking point, warning that “democracy is at stake” if actions aren’t taken now.

“Regulation has to be part of the answer,” he said at one point, showing how clearly terrified his party is of not having complete control of the powers of censorship on a platform like Twitter.

It’ll be fascinating to watch the Democratic establishment use every trick in the book to maintain its grip on Twitter. You know things are getting bad when they have to use their most valuable player of the party to kick off a narrative.

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