Trump Makes Stand For Free Speech, Backs Conservatives Banned On Twitter
Conservative voices who have been booted from extremely left-wing social media platform Twitter have found themselves a powerful ally in the form of President Trump, who recently stated his support for these individuals and their right to freely express their worldview on one of the largest publishers and sharers of information on the Internet.
Twitter has been shadowbanning conservative tweets for a long time, preventing the followers of these right-wing individuals from seeing the content they create and post on the network.
via Daily Wire:
“Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction,” Trump wrote on the very same social media platform. “It’s called Freedom of Speech, remember. You are making a Giant Mistake!”
Twitter banned some high-profile conservative commentators in May. Actor James Woods, who has 2.1 million followers, was banned by Twitter in April. Trump responded then, too: “How can it be possible that James Woods (and many others), a strong but responsible Conservative Voice, is banned from Twitter?” he wrote in early May. “Social Media & Fake News Media, together with their partner, the Democrat Party, have no idea the problems they are causing for themselves. VERY UNFAIR!”
Twitter has also taken aim at Alex Jones, activist Laura Loomer, and controversial figure Milo Yiannopoulos.
There have been rumors floating around that Trump’s 2020 campaign might actually create a profile on the new conservative social media site, Parler, which no doubt would lend a whole lot of credibility to the site and blow up it’s popularity.
A lot of folks are going to pull the whole “Twitter is a private business, and therefore, they can ban whoever they want, for whatever reason they want,” which for any other kind of business is absolutely true.
However, since the vast majority of folks get their news via social media these days, this moves Twitter and other companies into the realm of information publishers, and thus, it becomes a free speech issue to attempt silencing other voices.