Following Trump’s support for insurrectionists this past week,
- Facebook locked Donald Trump’s social media presence on FB and IG indefinitely.
- Reddit has shut down /r/Donaldtrump. Reddit previously shut down /r/the_donald
- Twitter locked Trump’s account for 12 hours until he removed 3 tweets (I copied those tweets which are viewable over here) UPDATE: Trump has now been permanently suspended from Twitter.
- Youtube also deleted Trump’s video
- Paypal and Shopify removed “Trump-related accounts” over his appearance of inciting violence
- Twitch has locked Trump’s account.
- TikTok has banned all videos of Trump speeches.
- Pinterest is limiting hashtags associated with some of Trump’s claims.
- According to the NY Times, it is expected that Trump may be banned from most social media platforms, permanently. Supposedly, Trump may move to “Gab” and “Parler” web sites.
- Many blame “violent rhetoric” on social media in the lead up to the attack.
- Being cutoff from social media may hurt Trump more than being impeached in the last week of his tenure in office.
Few of the “protests”/”violent acts”/”insurrection” would have occurred in 2020 or January 2021 without the support of social media – which are primarily platforms for the frictionless spread of propaganda messaging.
As many noted, many of the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol were video recording their participation for posting on social media. Almost as if the purpose of the attack was to gather video clips for social media…
Indeed, social media was used as the primary method to organize this attack.
Social media is the driver of the breakdown of society.
Update: Some are concerned that tech’s ban on Trump affiliated posts and groups could further enrage those who were already in the camp of perpetual outrage.
Update: With many very angry at Trump’s insanity, it is understandable why he was booted to offline status. But a related question: Will these actions by social media billionaires now be rewarded by the party in power, such as no longer considering changes to Section 230? Congress to expand H-1B visas? It is not a stretch to think that the tech titans will be rewarded for their actions.