The people in our nation cheering the suspension of Donald Trump from social media are not considering the true implications on free speech, according to Fox News Channel’s Howard Kurtz.
“This feels like kicking him on the way out the door, when he’s not quite as viable a franchise, or won’t be as a former president,” noted Kurtz. “And there’s a celebratory mood among many journalists online and elsewhere, who think, oh, this is great, and not even pausing to consider the free speech implications and how they would react if it was somebody on the left who was suddenly being kicked off this incredibly important platform that all journalists read.”
Kurtz said that Twitter’s explanation is wholly unsatisfactory.
“Twitter claims it’s about the glorification of violence, but maybe you could make a case for a 12-hour suspension while the Capitol riot was going on and President Trump was tweeting about a stolen election, although he told people to go home,” said Kurtz. “But for Twitter to make this a permanent ban, to continue while Donald Trump is a private citizen seems like pure political payback against a president who fought very hard to strip legal immunity from Twitter and Facebook and other social media giants, and more importantly, it’s a finger in the eye to his 88 million Twitter followers who signed up to see what he has to say.”
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