Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook for an additional two years, making it impossible for him to use this platform during the upcoming 2022 elections. This is a clear example of the political system being dominated by corporations rather than the other way around.
Facebook rose to prominence under the guise of a free speech platform, even permitting holocaust deniers free speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated as recently as April 2018:
I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong.
Apparently this stance has changed to the point where it can censor a former president and leader of a large political movement. Donald Trump complains:
Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75m people, plus many others, who voted for us…They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our country can’t take this abuse anymore!
He has also expressed a desire to return to the White House and change the censorious nature of the platform.
“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!”
But Facebook’s rapid escalation of their censorship policies appears to not be stopping. The company says it will no longer treat “content posted by politicians any differently.”
“Instead, we will simply apply our newsworthiness balancing test in the same way to all content, measuring whether the public interest value of the content outweighs the potential risk of harm by leaving it up.”
In light of these changes, it’s easy to see why many of the obviously non-serious protesters at the Capitol riots have been treated as serious insurrectionists by the media; they have been used as an excuse to wrestle control of the narrative back from the masses into the hands of the elite.
It’s important to visit alternative platforms to get different perspectives. It is also important to take political action to get the government defending free speech on online platforms, rather than corporations using online platforms to control the government.
Original article here.