Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has reversed himself on Twitter’s permanent ban of President Donald Trump, going from supporting the ban in January to questioning it now.
In January, Sanders said, “If Trump is too dangerous to send out a tweet or a Facebook post, he’s too dangerous to be commander-in-chief. Donald Trump must be removed from office immediately and held accountable for his horrific acts of sedition, violence and chaos.”
Of course, it was only Twitter’s arbitrary decision that rendered him too “dangerous,” not any real objective measurement.
But now, Sanders said to Ezra Klein, “If you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that . . . . Because yesterday it was Donald Trump who was banned, and tomorrow, it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view. I don’t like giving that much power to a handful of high-tech people.”
Sanders is right now; he was not right in January. Social media censorship is always dangerous, and particularly so when all of the decision-makers are of the same viewpoints.
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