Twitter has become one of the most powerful company’s in the entire world, but through some sort of Machiavelli-meets-Orwell scheme that has a great many Americans concerned.
Social media in general, and Twitter in particular, has become the new public square…and a potent one at that. A great idea can go viral these days, and for the betterment of society.
But what happens when the platform decides which parts of society to seek betterment for? What happens when Twitter simply says that a politician cannot use this public space to campaign? Does this manipulate the public is such a way that it impedes on our freedom?
That’s the question many are asking this week after Twitter bigwigs reiterated that Donald Trump is not coming back to the app, even if he runs for President in 2024.
Twitter on Wednesday said that even if former President Donald Trump is able to run for office again, he would not regain access to his account, and maintained that his suspension from the platform is “permanent.”
The social media giant announced the permanent suspension of Trump’s account, @realDonaldTrump, last month, just days after the Capitol riot, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
“As we noted when we took enforcement action on the account in January, I can confirm that the suspension from our service is permanent,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News.
The company wasn’t mincing its words.
Twitter’s CFO Ned Segal, during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” was asked if Trump would be allowed back on the platform should he decide to run for office again.
“If you are removed from the platform, you are removed from the platform,” Segal said.
Twitter’s willingness to use their power for such censorship is disconcerting, to say the least, and could very likely become fodder for constitutionalist lawyers looking to argue in favor of the First Amendment.
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