‘Break them up’: GOP vows Big Tech backlash over Facebook Trump ban
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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Facebook and other Big Tech companies that censored him “must pay a political price” — responding to Facebook’s decision to continue a ban on his account.
The Facebook decision added momentum to Republican efforts in Congress to either break up Facebook and other Big Tech platforms, or to outlaw viewpoint discrimination.
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
“The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.”
It was not immediately clear why Trump included Google alongside Facebook and Twitter in his statement. As president, Trump occasionally accused Google of increasing the power of negative search results.
Twitter and Facebook both purged Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, during which a crowd of his supporters fought police and pillaged the US Capitol while disrupting certification of President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
Twitter said Trump was permanently banned due to possible “incitement” to violence. Facebook, which also controls Instagram, delayed a verdict until Wednesday, and chose to continue his account suspension.
Trump on Tuesday set up a new web platform for his statements. The site, which allows him to indirectly circumvent the Facebook and Twitter bans, won’t be a permanent replacement, his senior adviser Jason Miller tweeted Tuesday evening.
“President Trump’s website is a great resource to find his latest statements and highlights from his first term in office, but this is not a new social media platform. We’ll have additional information coming on that front in the very near future,” Miller wrote.
Until recently, Republicans were more reluctant to regulate Big Tech platforms, but there was a dramatic shift in response to Facebook and Twitter censoring The Post’s reporting in October on documents from a laptop formerly belonging to Hunter Biden that appeared to implicate his father in business dealings in China and Ukraine.
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