President Trump and his administration are gearing up for what could be an all-out-assault on “Big Tech” during the President’s final days in power according to a “White House advisor” who spoke to media on Sunday, meaning that the president plans to go out with a bang.
The president is looking to use “his permanent suspension from Twitter as an opportunity to…” refocus attention on censorship of conservative ideas and conservative commentators on major social media platforms.
President Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were suspended late last week, and over the weekend, other social media platforms like Pinterest and Shopify pledged to purge the president’s accounts from their platforms as well.
On Saturday, Amazon announced that it would remove free-speech alternative to Twitter, Parler, from its web services in an effort to annihilate any opportunity for conservatives to enjoy free speech on the internet.
In each case, the platforms used “incitement” as an excuse, removing the accounts over concerns they could be used to drum up support or to organize similar attacks to the one that took place at the United States Capitol last week.
As The Daily Wire reported earlier Sunday, however, in some cases, the purge has inspired left-leaning commentators to seek the removal of conservative reporters, many of whom are far removed from Wednesday’s events.
The White House advisor who spoke to CNN said that aides are telling the president to use his Twitter ban as “an opportunity to reignite arguments of anti-conservative bias on social media.”
“This isn’t just about President Trump, but this is literally about the 75 million Americans” who voted for the president, the aide told the network.
If Trump refocuses on social media platforms, he’ll have interesting company. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) raised concerns about the “unchecked power” of social media networks back on Friday, according to Newsweek, shortly after Twitter permanently suspended the president’s account.
“For months, President Trump has been using social media platforms to seed doubt about the results of the election and to undermine the will of voters,” ACLU senior legislative counsel Kate Ruane said in a statement.
Ruane said that Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump from social media sets a precedent for tech companies to silence voices.
“We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier.”
Ruane said that transparency is needed from Big Tech companies, noting that activists who don’t have alternative ways to communicate will suffer.
“President Trump can turn his press team or Fox News to communicate with the public, but others … who have been censored by social media companies—will not have that luxury. It is our hope that these companies will apply their rules transparently to everyone,” according to the statement.