You’ve probably heard by now that Twitter and Facebook have temporarily banned President Trump from their platform for violating their rules. This comes after Wednesday’s riot by the proud boys on Capitol Hill, which many government officials declared an insurrection.
Twitter first announced his locked account for 12 hours, warning Trump that his account could be suspended permanently if he continues to spread false information.
The statement by Twitter read, “We have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” Twitter said. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
On the other hand, Facebook removed Trump for 24 hours after he posted a video to his supporters partaking in the riot. Now, Trump is banned indefinitely, or at least until his term is over, which is now less than two weeks.
Many have now taken to saying it is a violation of his First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, which is, as we know, not the case. The First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, religion, the press, and your right to a peaceful protest.
However, what happened this week with Trump supporters violently entering Capitol Hill, a building highly guarded, was none of the above. Moreover, Trump being banned from social media platforms does not violate his freedom of speech.
Even members of the Republican Party have made clear the interpretive limits of the First Amendment.
The Texas Republican Party said Wednesday it had removed one of its party officers, Walter West, who had posted on social media celebrating a mob’s takeover of the U.S. Capitol, NBC reported.
“Whereas we vigorously support the First Amendment right to freely assemble, we condemn violence and pray for all gathering in our nation’s capital and those at the Capitol Building,” the party said in an unsigned statement. “The Texas GOP has always been on the side of law and order and will remain so.”
On the other hand, without these platforms, Trump would still be able to reach his fans through devoted news sources like Fox News, NewsMax, OANN, and more. Even worse, this could be the push he wanted to create his own media company to have his own principles.
Will he move to a smaller platform like Parler and Gab?
After Wednesday night, some speculate that will be his next move. However, with a small base of followers, it doesn’t seem like he would be satisfied. Instead, more than a media company, Trump could want to build his own social media platform.
Let’s be real, though. Twitter is unmatched and would remain unmatched even if a new application comes out. His ban on the current social media platforms is not a violation of freedom of speech; it is rather a long-overdue decision to protect the country from hate, violence, and false headlines.