The repercussions of the events of January 6th continue to evolve this weekend, as President Trump and his supporters face an increasing number of bans and blacklists online.
First and foremost, there’s Twitter. The online media platform banned Donald Trump permanently over the weekend, citing concerns that he may try to stoke further incidents. Supporters of Trump who are also followers of the Qanon mythos have been waiting for a certain signal from the Commander in Chief, with many believing that the triggering phrase would come via Twitter.
Facebook has similarly silenced Trump, and free-speech-forward platform Parler is now on the hunt for new web hosting.
The latest bit of Trump-centric censorship comes to us from YouTube, where Rudy Giuliani has had a video discussing the January 6th event removed.
YouTube removed a conspiratorial video from Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, late Saturday. Giuliani had titled the video “What Really Happened on January 6th?” in reference to the pro-Trump violence that overtook the U.S. Capitol building. Amid the backlash against the president for his speech encouraging the rioters and against those who pushed the lies about the election that fueled them, some conservatives have attempted to distance themselves by claiming that those in the Capitol were anti-fascists who intended to discredit Trump, a claim supported by no evidence. The day before, Twitter “permanently suspended” Trump’s account, and YouTube banned two channels operated by Steve Bannon.
Giuliani is said to be one of the only people outside of family who’ve been in contact with President Trump over the weekend, as the Commander in Chief is reportedly growing agitated and isolated.
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