Nikki Haley, a GOP presidential candidate, has faced criticism for her proposal to force social media companies to reveal their algorithms and require user verification.
Fellow candidate Ron DeSantis mocked her comments by selling merchandise that ridiculed her stance.
The t-shirts made by his campaign read, “Always Watching.” (Trending: Judge Issue Major Ruling On Transgender Procedures For Kids)
Nikki Haley says if she's made president, every social media user will be "verified by their name" for "national security" purposes pic.twitter.com/NGFcAh4C5b
— AnalyzingAmerica (@AnalyzAmerica) November 18, 2023
“You know who were anonymous writers back in the day? Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison when they wrote the Federalist Papers. They were not ‘national security threats,’ nor are the many conservative Americans across the country who exercise their Constitutional right to voice their opinions without fear of being harassed or canceled by the school they go to or the company they work for,” DeSantis wrote.
Haley’s proposal was met with backlash, with critics deeming it authoritarian and unconstitutional.
DeSantis condemned the proposal as dangerous and stated it would not be supported in his administration.
You know who were anonymous writers back in the day? Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison when they wrote the Federalist Papers.
They were not "national security threats," nor are the many conservative Americans across the country who exercise their Constitutional… https://t.co/YkAGMhUVCX
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) November 15, 2023
Nikki Haley says "every person on social media should be verified by name" for the sake of "national security."
Nice try, Nikki. Anonymous speech is a core part of free speech — which the founders would know, since many of them (including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison)… pic.twitter.com/5SKPhvjMOU
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 14, 2023
Haley later clarified that she supported anonymous free speech for Americans but not for actors in Russia, Iran, and China.