Ivanka Trump is now synonymous with internet freedom — at least according to a tech industry lobbying group boasting members like Uber, Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
The advisor to and daughter of the president was crowned Wednesday with the 2019 Internet Freedom Award. Yes, you read that correctly. Handing out the award in Washington, D.C., was the Internet Association, a trade group which proudly proclaimed Trump is totally deserving of the honor for all of her specific internet-freedom related accomplishments.
“Thanks to Ms. Trump’s leadership, we have seen bipartisan support for increased opportunities and we are excited to present her with an Internet Freedom Award at this year’s gala,” IA President and CEO Michael Beckerman observed in a press release. “The Internet Freedom Award recognizes Ms. Trump’s extraordinary contributions to public policy and the internet economy.”
The group, founded in 2012, has a members list that reads as a who’s who of the tech industry. In addition to the above listed companies, Twitter, Microsoft, Reddit, Match Group, Lyft, eBay, and Airbnb all belong.
The association takes policy stands on election advertising, content moderation, and other hot-button issues. With Donald Trump recently accusing social media companies of “bias,” this award for a member of his immediate family could not have been better timed.
Maybe the shiny award statue will distract him long enough that he moves on to other topics?
Regardless, we can all rest easy now knowing that Ivanka Trump is a proud protector of our internet freedoms. It has to be true, the totally legit and sincere Internet Association said so.