Opinion: Trump’s social media ban

Inflammatory remarks just kept coming, bringing down accounts

A vast number of media outlets have banned President Donald Trump and content supporting him from their platforms after the January 6 storming of the US Capitol. The list includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Twitch, TikTok, Shopify and even Apple, who banned Parler, an app that had been used to coordinate violence on January 6. 

President Trump has been tweeting inflammatory remarks since Barack Obama’s presidency. Trump hasn’t changed; only his circumstances have. Guess when these tweets were made:

“This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”

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“We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

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The answer is November 7, 2012! Yep. Twitter dragged its feet long enough, but putting warnings on his posts was just spitting in the wind. 

America’s still standing, and it looks like the storm won’t be as severe as forecast. However, big tech did just rev its engine at us, and we all need to question if that level of horsepower should be allowed.


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