Kara Swisher, writing for New York Magazine:
That is why Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, which are the three
main conduits of online communications for most Americans, must
now de-platform Trump permanently.
I do not call for this lightly and have always thought that he
should get a wider berth owing to being the most newsworthy
person on the planet. But it’s long past time to make an example
of him as a persistent violator of platform rules who cynically
games their laudable impulse toward allowing as much speech as
Twitter — Trump’s favored online communications vehicle — says
as much in its civic integrity policy, noting that “you may not
use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or
interfering in elections or other civic processes.” Well, he has
done that over and over on social media, raging like the monster
that he has always been.
Trump is the biggest problem (and the immediate threat), no question, but this needs to be less about Trump personally and more about branding Trumpist viewpoints as beyond the pale. Intolerable. Twitter says “you may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes”, but by their actions, clearly the opposite is true. Donald Trump has used Twitter for just such purposes. And now Twitter has let him back on their platform to keep doing it.
Capitol Police said that white nationalist MAGA louts were not allowed to storm through the Capitol, humiliate both houses of Congress, steal with impunity and fart in Nancy Pelosi’s chair. But they did allow it. Federal law enforcement is facing a reckoning in the aftermath of Wednesday’s debacle not because of their words or intentions, but because of their actions and the results.
Twitter can say anything they want about what’s allowed on their platform. But we can see, plainly, that they have allowed, and continue to allow, Trump and his cohorts to debase American democracy.
★ Friday, 8 January 2021