Big Tech is bringing the ban hammer down on Donald Trump, with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat vowing to keep the president suspended indefinitely.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote Thursday morning that Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram will “[extend] the block we have placed on his […] accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” said Zuckerberg in a post on his personal Facebook page. “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”
Zuckerberg continued: “Over the last several years, we have allowed President Trump to use our platform consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies. We did this because we believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
Snapchat has also suspended Trump’s account indefinitely, according to a representative who spoke with TechCrunch.
This approach is slightly different from that of Twitter, which locked Trump’s account for twelve hours after forcing him to remove three tweets that they claimed violated their “Civic Integrity Policy.” Twitter also threatened Trump with a permanent suspension if he violated that policy again.
The fallout over Wednesday’s protest and breach of the Capitol will continue for some time. Even when Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat unlock Trump’s accounts, it would not be shocking if they followed Twitter’s lead and threatened to permanently suspend him if he committed another violation of their “community standards.”
Free Speech Platform Gab Receives 3 Million New Users in 12 Days
Fleeing the tyranny of Big Tech.
Free speech social media platform Gab has signed up more than 3 million new users for the service in less than 12 days.
3 million new users in 12 days.
Slowly, surely, then suddenly all at once.
The Exodus has only just begun.
There are no brakes on this train.
All aboard! 🚂 pic.twitter.com/7QElb0FmKB
— Gab.com (@getongab) January 19, 2021
The rush of new users to Gab may represent a unprecedented development in the history of the internet. It’s likely that no social media service has ever signed up as many users in such a short period of time before.
Gab has received an even more historic month in terms of web traffic, attracting 24 million unique users.
— scott budman (@scottbudman) January 19, 2021
All of Gab’s server infrastructure is owned by the company itself, a guarantor of resiliency in the face of Big Tech censorship and deplatforming. The service has suffered from growing pains over the past month as tyrants of Silicon Valley enact censorship and political purges in a manner never before seen, but Gab has onboarded more than ten new servers in its data centers in response to the user influx.
Gab’s total user base possibly numbers in the tens of millions by now, although it remains to be seen if the new signups will continue to use Gab in the months and years to come.
The hitpiece libel group Anti-Defamation League is demanding that Democrat legislators find a way to criminalize Gab, terrified that its base will have a means to engage in political speech without fear of censorship and persecution.
Administrators of Parler, a competing free speech social media platform, expect to return their service to the internet by the end of the month. Parler was deplatformed by Amazon Web Services after the raucous January 6th protest at the US Capitol, revealing a critical point of weakness in their service.
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