Former President Trump launched a new online communication platform Tuesday to “freely and safely” communicate directly with his followers after big tech took unprecedented steps in purging the 45th president accounts earlier this year.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized Twitter for permanently banning former President Trump from its platform, saying he doesn’t feel “particularly comfortable” with the censorship move and raised concerns that the political muzzling would definitely continue to someone who has a “very different political point of view.”
Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal said that former President Trump is beyond online redemption in the eyes of Twitter, clarifying that Trump’s ban is permanent and will not be permitted back on the one-sided social media platform, even if he decides to make a comeback to run for office again in 2024 and wins.
YouTube, the Google-owned video site has suspended President Trump’s channel, citing concern about “ongoing potential for violence for at least seven days Tuesday night, joining the long growing list of social media tech companies flexing its power in limiting or ejecting the president online presence.
Twitter permanently suspends President Trump’s personal account, the social media company announced Friday evening, saying it took the action due to recent posts causes the “risk of further incitement of violence.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over its company abuse of slapping disclaimer labels on tweets posted by conservatives regarding the subject of voter fraud, saying the platform is “behaving as a publisher” while being protected with its “special benefit under Section 230.”