January 8, 2021

Big Tech Blocks Trump from Social Media Indefinitely

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Following the Capitol riots on January 6th, Twitter and Facebook have blocked President Trump from accessing his social media accounts. Former First Lady Michelle Obama called on the big tech giants to ban him permanently, claiming that his social media usage was “monstrous behavior” and could “fuel insurrection.” Shortly after, Twitter permanently suspended the President’s account.  Facebook has stated that their ban is extended indefinitely. 

The Background:

Former First Lady Michelle Obama called on Twitter and Facebook to ban President Trump from using their social media platforms, stating that he had acted in an unpresidential fashion and had fanned the flames of insurrection. She urged Facebook and Twitter to “stop enabling this monstrous behavior,” and to permanently ban Trump from the platforms. 

According to Forbes, both Twitter and Facebook deleted Trump’s posts and videos in which he said he sympathized with the protestors but urged them to go home.  Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Trump is banned from Twitter at least until the end of the election, stating that the president used the platform to “condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters.” Twitter has permanently suspended Trump’s account, and has banned him from the platform. 

Notable Quotes:

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” - Twitter, January 8th. 

“Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different.” - Mark Zuckerberg

“I know your pain, I know you’re hurt, we had an election that was stolen from us. Go home, we love you, you’re very special.” - President Donald Trump, in now-deleted video released during the Capitol protest.  

 

Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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