We’ve been telling you about Big Tech censorship for some time now. This time, the Big Tech and Big Media have really overplayed their hands. America was founded on the notion of free speech, not censorship. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees freedom of speech for all its citizens, which also includes the right to peaceful protest.
It’s ironic that some of the Big Tech founders and executives fled their native country for freedom only to come here to censor the same freedom they fled from. The Big Tech censorship against people with opposing views has been going on for years now. It bubbled to the surface after President Trump was elected in 2016.
The hostility of Big Tech toward President Trump and his followers reached a climax this week after Facebook and Twitter decided to permanently ban the President from their platforms. It all started on January 6 following the protests in Washington D.C that left at least five people dead. Twitter and Facebook later locked his social accounts for 12 hours.
Then on Friday, January 8, Twitter said Friday it has permanently suspended the personal account of President Donald Trump. The Big Tech censorship did not end there. Twitter went on to suspend the account of General Michael Flynn, attorney Sidney Powell, and various other pro-Trump accounts.
In a statement, Twitter said
“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 posted Friday.
Having been suspended from his personal Twitter account (@realDonaldTrump), President Trump decided to use the official Twitter account of the US president, @POTUS, saying that:
“Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my accounts from their platform to silence me – and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me.” Trump then said that “Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.”
However, it didn’t take long before Twitter deleted his tweet from the POTUS account (@POTUS). But the President, with his over 80 million followers, is now fighting back. A few hours after he was banned on Twitter, President Trump joined Parley, a Twitter alternative. In a message posted from his Parley official account (DonaldTrumpOFFIClAL), President Trump said:
“I JOINED PARLER BECAUSE FB & TWITTER DECIDED TO SUSPEND MY ACCOUNTS WITH 80M+ FOLLOWERS. FOLLOW ME HERE PATRIOTS.”
President Trump also announced that he is looking at the possibilities of building his own platform. In his series of tweets, which have now been deleted by Twitter, President Trump vows to start his own social platform. President Trump said:
“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!”
“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely. STAY TUNED!” he said, indicating some announcements in this regard is forthcoming.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me — and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me,” he added.
“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long,” Mr. Trump said.
According to Axios, below is a list of Big Tech platforms that have taken action against President Trump and his supporters:
- Twitch and Snapchat disabled Trump’s accounts.
- Shopify took down two online stores affiliated with the president.
- Facebook and Instagram banned Trump from posting for at least the next two weeks, and faced calls to boot him permanently, including from former First Lady Michelle Obama and high-ranking Hill Democrats.
- Twitter froze Trump out of his account Wednesday before reinstating him Thursday once he deleted problematic tweets.
- YouTube says it’s accelerating its enforcement of voter fraud claims against President Trump and others based on Wednesday’s events.
- TikTok is removing content violations and redirecting hashtags like #stormthecapitol and #patriotparty to its community guidelines.