“Unchecked Power”: Censorship of Conservatives Raised Concerns

In its final days of power, the Trump administration plans to take on the “Big Tech.” This decision came after Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account, which raised concerns about censorship of conservative commentators and conservative ideas.

On Sunday, a “White House advisor” spoke to CNN about the Trump administration plans in its final days. The advisor stated that the President is looking to employ “his permanent suspension from Twitter as an opportunity to shift the narrative away from the insurrection on Capitol Hill earlier in the week.” The administration now plans to refocus its attention on censorship of conservative ideas on major social media platforms. 

Last week, the social media accounts of President Trump on Facebook and Twitter were suspended. Over the weekend, other social media platforms such as Pinterest and Shopify also vowed to purge Trump’s accounts on their platform. 

Amazon also announced on Saturday that it would remove Parler from its web services. This is due to the concern that Parler might be used to pot more attacks on government buildings. Parler is a social media platform that can be used as an alternative network to Twitter.

In all of these cases, the social media platform used “incitement” as an excuse to get rid of the accounts of Republicans over concerns that they might be used to draw up support or be used to form similar attacks like the one that took place in the Capitol last week. 

However, this move by these Big Techs inspired left-leaning commentators to purge conservative reporters, many of whom are not involved and far removed from the events that transpired in the Capitol last Wednesday. 

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The advisor who spoke with CNN also said that the President’s aides advise him to use this ban imposed by Twitter as an “opportunity to reignite arguments of anti-conservative bias on social media.”

An aide of the White House also told CNN, “This isn’t just about President Trump, but this is literally about the 75 million Americans who voted for the president”.

Meanwhile, last Friday, the ACLU raised their concerns about the “unchecked power” of social media platforms. According to Newsweek, after President Trump’s Twitter was permanently suspended, the ACLU senior legislative counsel, Kate Ruane, made a statement. 

Ruane said, “For months, President Trump has been using social media platforms to seed doubt about suspend him now permanently and to undermine the will of voters.” She continued and said, “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.”

These social media companies’ power to remove people from their platform concerns many and raised questions on how the free speech of billions can be curtailed.

However, for the Trump administration, it is unlikely that they will direct attention away from the challenges that arose. 

On Monday, Democrats are expected to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. A source close to Vice President Pence also told the media on Saturday that the Vice President has not yet arrived at a final decision.

However, it is highly unlikely that Vice President Pence will move to impeach Trump, given that the process could take up to two weeks, and Trump will be ending his term on January 20.