On Tuesday night, during an interview with his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, former President Donald Trump said that there is “hope” for a 2024 run. The website Facebook immediately pulled the video of the interview from their so-called “platform” claiming that the “voice of Donald Trump” in not allowed on their website.
Social media sites like Facebook get protection from liability on things that are posted on their site because to be a platform means you are not acting as a publisher where you dictate what is allowed to be posted on your media, you are simply allowing people to post what they want. That’s based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. But Facebook stopped acting like a platform a very long time ago, about the time Donald Trump was elected president. These tech tyrant companies hide behind cleverly written Terms of Service agreements that actually create an environment where the fascist censors can block any speech they don’t politically agree with. I get censored all the time by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more, and with each platform, I never get an explanation as to how I violated their Terms of Service. In fact, the only platform that has responded to me after I appealed is YouTube, and each time they banned a video I uploaded they reversed themselves in the appeal, because either they realized they made a mistake or enough time went by and the issues covered in the video were no longer relevant. YouTube is owned by Google.
So now someone can’t even post a video of Donald Trump speaking or it will be pulled and the person who innocently posted it, who had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of the video, may be punished for doing so. That’s some platform. If there was a list of things that you could get in trouble for posting, I can almost guarantee that Donald Trump is at the top of that list.
During the interview, Trump also said that he should have won the 2020 presidential election (I think he did) and he ripped Joe Biden for the horrible job he’s done in office since January.
Lara asked the former president, “The other question people all want to know, and I know you’re not ready to answer it yet, but do we have hope that there’s a possibility to see Donald Trump run again in 2024?”
He responded, “You do have hope, that I can tell you. You do have hope. We love our country, this country. We all owe a lot to our country, but now we have to help our country. And we were there. We were so good. What we did with Iran, what we did with China. We were all set to do some great things. And then you see what’s going on right now.”
The host added, “So we may see a Trump run again in 2024. Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen.”
After the interview, a Facebook worker messaged some Trump affiliates and warned them that any content with Trump’s voice will be removed from the platform, and “additional limitations on accounts that posted it” could be given out if they continue to post such content. And we’re giving them our money.
“This guidance applies to all campaign accounts and Pages, including Team Trump, other campaign messaging vehicles on our platforms, and former surrogates,” the email, posted on Lara’s Instagram, stated. Was there ever a stronger message to visit other platforms for free speech?
The message said, “Hi folks. We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking. In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts.”
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So, it’s no longer just Donald Trump being banned by the publisher, er… the platform from posting something, but now any likeness of the man at all will be ripped off the page. Has there ever been such a level of disrespect for a US president in our lifetime?
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You can watch the full 18-minute video from this link. See that? I can’t post the video of a legitimate news story or we could be punished for it. This is the new America.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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