Big Tech Overreach: Facebook Bans Trump Indefinitely
By Movieguide® Staff
In the aftermath of riots and protesters on Capitol Hill, social media giants banned President Donald Trump indefinitely.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said Trump’s ban on Facebook and Instagram would last until the incumbent left office.
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote. “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the U.S. and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”
Meanwhile, Twitter locked the president’s account for 12 hours.
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
“Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account,” the thread continued.
These social media platforms exercised major overreach in censoring the president. They claimed he incited violence, but did not block or remove posts of leftist influencers and celebrities who called for riots, mobs, and even personal attacks on conservative politicians earlier this year.
Conservative outlets and commentators continually report that their pages have been punished by being demonetized for standing for values including traditional marriage and the unborn’s right to life.
Satire site The Babylon Bee was even accused of inciting violence when they quoted British comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. Bee Founder Seth Dillon was also warned on Instagram that he could lose his account for promoting “false” information.
These incidents remind us of several critical lessons.
First, media-wise consumers cannot rely on social media to present accurate, honest information.
Second, conservatives will face greater scrutiny, and consequently will be punished, for what they post to major social media platforms.
Third, Christians and conservatives must strengthen their faith and speak boldly about their convictions, despite the risks.
This does not mean rioting, looting, or spurring violent protests. Instead, we must hold firm to Scripture and allow God’s Word to be our guide.
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