*END SOCIAL MEDIA BIAS AND CENSORSHIP THAT AFFECTS YOUNG VOTERS*

*END SOCIAL MEDIA BIAS AND CENSORSHIP THAT AFFECTS YOUNG VOTERS*

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Savvy Volley started this petition to House Judiciary and

This is the Age of Technology, and with direct access to the internet in the palm of our hands, the amount of people on social media has skyrocketed and became a regular part of our daily lives, yet these platforms go almost completely unregulated and ironically have an interesting take on free speech as it pertains to maintaining a "neutral" and "tolerant" cyber community. "This year, don't count on the social networks to provide its core service: an uncensored platform for every imaginable view. The censorship has already begun, and it'll only get heavier," says Leonid Benchidoky in his article titled, "Welcome to 2018, the Year of Censored Social Media," at Bloomberg.com. That's just one of many examples of the millions of people feeling the tightening shackles of social media. I have experienced this myself on Instagram with several accounts that were immediately hushed based on my beliefs so my content could not be seen publicly, which people refer to as being in "Instajail." Whether or not these platforms have deliberately incorporated bias into their censoring algorithms is up for speculation, but the the general consensus is they do and regardless, it still provides a microphone for some and silences others based on vague and often inconsistent definitions of "hate speech." The product of this increasingly apparent trend is the prevalence of blatant misinformation and misleading propaganda that goes unchecked, and this has a huge influence on voters, especially young voters, ergo our elections are not an honest reflection of what our society actually thinks but what individuals were lead to believe. PEW research found that the largest demographic of social media users are those 18-25 years old and it is irresponsible to let these platforms control the information that is in front of them and likewise the conversation. 

On April 26th, 2018, a House Judiciary Committee hearing was held to discuss social media "filtering practices," and they concluded that these practices were not censorship, but why should these out of touch individuals--some that grew up in the 20's--be the final say on this issue? It is our civic duty to keep pressuring the House to revisit this issue and reconsider before another election is botched. Do you agree? 

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