Nikki Haley Accused of ‘Flip-Flop’ After Backlash on Internet Censorship Policy

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley is being called out for flip-flopping after she walked back comments in which she suggested internet anonymity is a “national security threat.” The former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday that she does not believe in forcing people who post online to use their real names. The walk back of her comments came a day after she told Fox News she views anonymous social media accounts as dangerous. “When I get into office, the first thing we have to do, social media accounts — social media companies, they have to show America their algorithms,” she told the network. Haley added, “Let us see why they’re pushing what they’re pushing. The second thing is every person on social media should be verified by their name.” Haley expounded on her opinion on the matter, telling Fox News host Harris Faulkner it is time to reform the internet. “First of all, it’s a national security threat,” she said of anonymous online accounts. “When you do that, all of a sudden people have to stand by what they say, and it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots, and the Chinese bots.” She concluded, “And then you’re gonna get some civility when people know their name is next to what they say, and they know their pastor and their family member’s gonna see it. It’s gonna help our kids, and it’s gonna help our country.” The comments drew immediate backlash online from prominent conservatives: The following day, during an interview on CNBC, Haley walked back the statement and instead called for online anonymity for American citizens only. “Do I think life would be more civil if [people were forced to use their names online]? Yes,” she said. “You can have anonymous — I don’t mind anonymous American people having free speech. What I don’t like is anonymous Russians and Chinese and Iranians having free speech.” The DeSantis War Room X (formerly Twitter) account seized on the walk back as a “flip flop,” as well as evidence Haley is dishonest and a “career politician.” In a later interview with Glenn Beck, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis laid into Haley over her initial comments. “That’s what China has done,” he said. “China did that recently. That is totally inappropriate for the United States of America.” DeSantis reminded Beck that the Federalist Papers were written by America’s founding fathers, who used pseudonyms at the time they were published.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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