Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos was at the White House on Friday, where he asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest a range of questions on topics from free speech to the political bias of social media companies.
Earnest was surprisingly bullish on Silicon Valley’s need to uphold the ideal of free speech, telling Yiannopoulos that President Obama would be “the first to observe” that the success of social media companies is predicated on protecting the free expression of their users.
It’s a position that places the administration at odds with social media companies, which are increasingly eager to punish their users for offending the wrong groups or, in the case of Facebook, being overly-critical of European refugee policies.
Silicon Valley companies may think they’re appeasing the Left by cracking down on conservative users, but there is growing division between the Obama administration and the more censorious elements of the left.
For example, the President recently criticized left-wing students for eroding free speech on campus, saying they should seek out opposing points of view and shouldn’t be “coddled.” It’s a position that puts him at odds with the regressive left of Silicon Valley as well.
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