‘WOW’: House GOP post criticizing Biden’s student loan plan reportedly censored for ‘violation’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee imply that censorship was in play when Facebook reportedly censored a post criticizing President Joe Biden’s inflationary student loan forgiveness plan based on so-called community standards.

The common-sense post simply said “If you take out a loan, you pay it back. Period.”

On Wednesday evening, House Judiciary GOP took to Twitter, with related screenshots, to inform nearly 240,000 followers that “WOW: Facebook says our post about paying back loans violates their ‘community standards.’ Big Tech’s at it again.'”

The progressive social media platforms generally have consistently faced accusations of selective or arbitrary enforcement of often vague terms and conditions, especially against an ideologically driven backdrop.

“Conservatives had long complained about being censored by giant tech companies they say silence their political views online,” Fox News explained. “The post came after Biden announced a massive plan to ‘forgive’ student loans for certain borrowers.”

A continuing theme in these controversies — which could increase as the November elections get closer — is that if the federal government under the Democrats is subcontracting content moderation to these private-sector platforms, which have become the contemporary equivalent of the town square, First Amendment free-speech protections for users apply.

The Facebook page in question seems to be now visible, however, and it currently lists nearly 900 comments and is approaching 5,000 likes.

Facebook exec Andy Stone admitted on Twitter later Wednesday evening that “There is nothing about the content of this post that violates our policies, people should not have been prevented from sharing it and we’re working to fix it now.”

Time after time, glitches or inadvertent errors that lead to suspensions, even if temporary, seem to only go in one direction.

Shadow banning, a more-stealthy form of censorship, is another technique that has occurred on these platforms.

House Judiciary GOP described the loan giveaway as a “total disaster for real America” and also quipped on Twitter that “Joe Biden’s student loan ‘forgiveness’ will make inflation worse and benefit wealthy coastal elites — not the middle class. Such a deal” and “RT if you think forgiving student loans for a wealthy ‘gender studies’ major with no job is a dumb idea.”

The House GOP Twitter feed also shared numerous tweets from GOP lawmakers (see examples below) who have blasted Biden’s economically irresponsible, election-year gambit to stick the taxpayer with the cost of canceling $10,000 of debt per eligible student ($25,000 for Pell Grant recipients).

This includes hardworking individuals who paid their own way, including paying off any money they borrowed, who were gainfully employed and received tuition reimbursement from their employer as a company benefit, or who pursued productive careers without obtaining the formal education credential.

It’s not even clear if Biden has the legal authority to issue an edict of this nature, so legal challenges are likely.

According to some economists, the administration’s plan could embolden college administrators who have presided over an ever-expanding campus bureaucracy to boost tuition even higher.

As many have argued, if similarly situated students feel they’ve been ripped off, they should sue the universities either individually or through the class-action process and try to collect against the massive endowments that some of these institutions are sitting on.

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