Allies and critics of the US president slam Twitter’s move to ban him from its platform, citing freedom of speech.
Citing the danger of inciting further acts of violence, on January 8 Twitter suspended United States President Donald Trump’s account – three days after he called on his supporters on Twitter to march towards the US Capitol building while Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
“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 said.
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WNU Editor: Russian opposition leader Navalny says it best …. Russian opposition leader Navalny slams Trump ban as ‘censorship’ (NBC).
But my worry is on what happened to Parlar. When the three largest tech companies in the world decide to work together to wipe out a competitor on the same day, you know you are living in dangerous times …. Bartiromo: Parler ban coordinated effort ‘to put a competitor out of business’ (FOX News).
Update: Its starting to spread. Anyone criticizing Big Tech is at risk of being shut down …. Facebook Locks Out Ron Paul Following Column Criticizing Big Tech Censorship, Cites ‘Error’ (Foundation For Economic Education).
Update #2: U.S. tech companies may enjoy Section 230 legal protection in the U.S., but they do not around the world. Poland is showing the rest of us on what should be done ….
…. Poland, appropriately enough, is leading the way. Their Justice Minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, announced last month that the Polish government would enact a law constraining Big Tech from censoring their citizens. Polish users who are victims of censorship can go to a new Polish court, get an injunction forcing the company to restore their account and their content, on penalty of a fine of as much as 1.8 million euros. (Rein in abusive Big Tech republic, Will Chamberlain) (New York Post).
Update #3: Faster please …. The Guy Who Built The World Wide Web Is Building A ‘New Internet’, Where You Control Your Data (India Times).