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Democrat Senator: More Facebook censorship needed for ‘the survival of our democracy’

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August 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – It is crucial for “the survival of our democracy” that Facebook censor more websites, according to one Democrat Senator.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted his support of this week’s mass social media censorship of Infowars, urging censorship of other websites he says promote “lies and hate.”

Donald Trump, Jr. weighed in, asking how long it will be before Democrats try to censor conservative news outlets like Breitbart and the Daily Caller.

Sen. Murphy retorted by claiming President Trump is engaging in a “DAILY” campaign to “censor” the media. He also said that warning about a slippery slope is a “right wing tripe.”

Many conservatives argue that Facebook and Google essentially have monopolies on the distribution and sharing of information, and are using these monopolies to unfairly target certain viewpoints for censorship. When Facebook banned Alex Jones' personal account for 30 days late last month, Sen. Ted Cruz asked, “Who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech?”

Sen. Murphy even admitted the extreme power social media companies have, saying Americans should ask why big tech censorship feels like government censorship.

Jay Caruso, an editorial writer for the Dallas News, called Sen. Murphy’s comments “chilling.” Other Twitter users insinuated his views are those a dictator would hold.

Conservatives worried about increasing social media censorship say Facebook has ceased being a neutral, public platform. It is unclear why the Senator thinks silencing certain viewpoints is good for democracy, or what his definition of “hate” is.

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