President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn the social media platform that they are making a “giant mistake” in banning conservative voices.
In effect, the president is calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to grant a reprieve to “voices” on the right who have had their accounts suspended
“Twitter should let the banned Conservative Voices back onto their platform, without restriction,” he tweeted. “It’s called Freedom of Speech, remember. You are making a Giant Mistake!”
One of the first names that comes to mind is outspoken actor James Woods, who has been suspended since mid-April. With more than 2 million followers, he has become a reliable voice on the right with his frequent tweeting.
Other notable suspensions include conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and polemicist Milo Yiannopoulos.
Woods was suspended for a second time because of a tweet referencing the Mueller report, which cleared President Trump on charges of collusion with Russia.
The tweet, which borrowed from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him,” can be seen below, along with the email Woods received — Sara Miller is the actor’s girlfriend.
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) April 20, 2019
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was one of many on the right who have called attention to the hypocrisy on display by Twitter:
How is it that @RealJamesWoods is currently being banned on Twitter, but @JimCarrey is not? It’s certainly not any standard based on “hate.” Carrey’s latest Twitter “art” shows Bill Barr drowning in a sea of vomit. @Jack – how ‘bout we let everybody speak and the People decide?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 4, 2019
Trump has been beating this drum for some time now, cautioning Twitter, Facebook and Google that they are “treading on very, very troubled territory” while speaking to reporters in the White House in August 2018, saying they “better be careful.”
“I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people, and I think that’s a very serious thing, and it’s a very serious charge,” the president said. “And I think what Google and what others are doing — if you look at what’s going on at Twitter, if you look at what’s going on in Facebook — they better be careful, because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it.”
“We have tremendous, we have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in, and you just can’t do that,” Trump continued. “So I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory, and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.”
President Trump: "I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook they're really treading on very very troubled territory. And they have to be careful. It's not fair to large portions of the population" pic.twitter.com/yK8Vg1iBJB
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 28, 2018
President Trump took to Twitter at the same time to comment on Google and others manipulating search results and “suppressing” conservative voices, promising that it “will be addressed.”
“Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good,” he tweeted. “They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!”
There is fledgling social media network similar to Twitter and a senior member of the Trump campaign said last month that the president was contemplating joining it, according to The Daily Caller.
The network is called Parler and currently has 100,000 users, compared to Twitter’s claim of 326 million.
With over 60 million followers on Twitter, Trump joining Parler would promise an influx of new members.
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