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The White House wants to know if you’ve been ‘censored or silenced’ by social media

It’s no confidential that the Trump administration has been at war with social media. In the past year, the president has accused several online giants of censoring conservative voices, in particular giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook.

Today, the White House launched a typeform site aimed at collecting personal reports of social media censorship relating to political bias.

“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance emancipation OF SPEECH,” the minimalistic site reads. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear ‘violations’ of user policies.”

For those who feel they’ve been wronged in some path by one of the major platforms, the 16-part questionnaire lets you select from a list including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, while inquiring about accurate tweets that were censored or accounts that were targeted. Users can submit screenshots and other supporting evidence and opt in for “President Trump’s combat for free speech” after entering a name, email address, phone number and proving they’re real by answering a trivia ask about the Declaration of Independence (take that, robots).

Trump has made “shadow banning” and other perceived slights against conservative voices a key cause in recent months. Last summer, he took to Twitter to address issues with the platform, writing, “Twitter ‘SHADOW BANNING’ prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and felonious practice at once! Many complaints.”

Late last month, the president met with Jack Dorsey for 30 minutes in the Oval Office, to discuss making Twitter “healthier and more civil,” according to the tech exec. No word on what the White House plans to do with the evidence it compiles.

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