MRC: 'Big Social' continues to silence Trump … and wants to block a second run

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

social mediaA media watchdog says recent actions by "Big Social" against the 45th president of the United States are consistent with the way the Left works: silence the opposition.

Facebook's Oversight Board has determined the social media giant was within its rights to suspend former President Donald Trump's account, but gave the company six months to decide if it will be a time-limited suspension or a permanent ban. Trump, who is hinting he will run again in 2024, blasted the ruling on his new communications platform, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump," calling it "a total disgrace and an embarrassment" to the country:

"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before …. These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process."

The oversight board, which comprises 20 activists, journalists, and former politicians, ruled on Wednesday that the company was right to ban Trump because he "created an environment where a serious risk of violence was possible." Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch argues that Facebook's real agenda has nothing to do with a supposed risk of violence – and everything to do with election interference.

Gainor

"You've got a largely international board – 75% of the board is made up of people who are not Americans – ruling on an American election," he contends. "You've got companies that are more powerful than any company we've ever seen on earth deciding who can run in an American election."

According to the board, a permanent suspension wasn't in Facebook's rulebook – but it gave the company six months to decide if they would put a date when the suspension will end, or impose a permanent ban.

Trump remains blacklisted on YouTube and Twitter – a much more consequential ban, according to Gainor. "Twitter is where prominent pundits and journalists hang out, so if you say something there, they can't hide from it," he explains. "But if they've got to go looking for it, they will ignore you."

And that's what he says "Big Social" is conspiring to do.

"They couldn't defeat Trump when he had 88 million followers on Twitter – so, they took them away. Couldn't defeat him when he had a platform on Facebook, etc." he shares with One News Now. "That's the way to shut down opposition. That's what the Left always does: it silences opposition."

Trump's new platform – described as "a place to speak freely and safely" – was unveiled just one day before the board's ruling was announced publicly. The platform's current design doesn't allow users to "reply" or engage with the former chief executive's posts, but only to share them to Twitter and Facebook.

However, those wishing to tweet the former president's posts may find an obstacle to that process. Twitter announced today it has a "ban evasion" policy that will allow it to "take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account."

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