Donald Trump has committed to his plan to ban the internet, and has laid out the details of how he intends to do so.
The Republican presidential hopeful said last week that he intended to shut down parts of the internet so that they could no longer be used by children. The technology is being used by Isis to radicalise young people and so be shut down, he claimed, and Mr Trump said that he would speak to Bill Gates about “closing it up”.
That plan appears to have been walked back, with Mr Trump only threatening that he would close down certain sections of the internet. He said during a debate between Republican presidential hopefuls that he would simply close “areas where we are war with somebody” so that they can’t “use our internet”.
Mr Trump was pressed on the issue by moderator Wolf Blitzer, who asked: “Are you referring to closing down actual portions of the internet? Some say that would put the US in line with China and North Korea.”
“Well look, this is so easy to answer,” Mr Trump said. He once again dismissed criticisms that the plan would threaten freedom of speech, saying: “You talk freedom of speech, you talk freedom of whatever you want, I don’t want them using our internet to take our young impressionable youth”.
Mr Trump said that “Isis is using the internet better than we are using the internet, and it was [the US’s] idea”.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
He then went on to detail a plan that consisted of two parts: getting “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places” and asking them to shut parts of the internet, and also asking people to “penetrate” it.
Mr Trump said last week that the plan would involve getting smart people like Bill Gates to help him close down the internet. He said during the debate that he would look to use “brilliant people from Silicon Valley and other places, and figure out a way that Isis cannot do what they’re doing”.
Asked whether that meant that he would look to close down parts of the internet, by Wolf Blitzer, Mr Trump committed to the policy.
“I would certainly be open to areas where we are at war with somebody,” he said. “I sure as hell don’t want to let people that want to kill us and kill our nation use our internet”.
Mr Trump then said that he would also ask the same people to “penetrate the internet”, so that they could “find out exactly where Isis and everything about Isis”.
“And we can do that if we use our good people,” he claimed.