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ACLU warns against Social Media’s unchecked power

It was an absolute shock, because America’s ACLU (America Civil Liberties Union) has no love for US President Donald Trump, but even it is warning of the unchecked power of social media after Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump on their platforms. ACLU warned if social media’s power is not reigned in, they could target anyone.

The Western Journal explains:

Liberals who rejoice over the Big Tech hammer that came down on President Donald Trump last week are missing the point, according to an organization that has made its disdain for the president crystal clear.

On Friday, Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s personal Twitter account, then followed that up by doing the same with his government and campaign accounts. Facebook has blocked Trump from posting until his term expires, at the earliest.  Those drastic steps followed decisions to remove Trump tweets and videos that Big Tech maintained contributed to the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and could lead to further unrest.

Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that this illustration of Big Tech’s unchecked power should be a sobering lesson, even for Trump-haters.

“For months, President Trump has been using social media platforms to seed doubt about the results of the election and to undermine the will of voters. We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” the statement said.

READ: ACLU Breaks with Liberal Establishment, Warns America of Big Tech’s ‘Unchecked Power’ After Ban of Trump and Conservatives

But it doesn’t stop there, as Big Tech, including Google, Amazon and Apple, are bullying a smaller free speech social media platform, Parler, that is providing growing competition to both Twitter and Facebook.

Both Google and Apple have removed Parler’s social media app from their stores. And before Apple removed it, Parler was its number one trending app. And Amazon gave Parler two-days notice that it will no longer host the site effective midnight, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. They all claimed that Parler was not doing enough to moderate posts regarding the recent riot in Washington, DC. READ: Apple, Amazon deplatform Parler for not moderating content: ‘Incites violence against others’

Meanwhile on Twitter, Rand Paul’s wife says, “”[R]emember how for the last three years you have allowed thousands of hateful tweets celebrating my husband’s assault and encouraging more violence against him? I do.” READ: Rand Paul’s Wife Blasts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For Allowing Threats Against Her Husband AND Twitter allows hang mike pence to trend hours after trump ban

However, Parler’s CEO alleges there may be other reasons as Parler was challenging the dominance of Twitter and Facebook.

The Blaze explains:

Matze [Parler CEO John Matze] criticized the deplatforming effort by Google, Apple, and Amazon, calling it “unprecedented, unfounded and absolutely disgusting.”

“We are the closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years. I believe Amazon, Google, Apple worked together to try and ensure they don’t have competition,” Matze said.

In another post, Matze continued, “We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies.”

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast,” Matze added. “You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”

READ: Apple, Amazon deplatform Parler for not moderating content: ‘Incites violence against others’

And Mozilla, who operates the popular internet browser, Fire Fox, is calling for the purge to go beyond social media. READ: Mozilla Chairwoman: ‘We Need More Than Deplatforming’

RELATED: German Chancellor Merkel Critical of ‘Problematic’ Twitter Trump Ban AND Mexico leader condemns Twitter, Facebook for blocking Trump

RELATED?: The Twitter Purge: Conservatives Lose Thousands Of Followers, Company Says This Is Perfectly Routine

Of course, it isn’t stopping there, as a left-wing journalist called on the social media giants to ban all conservative journalists that she doesn’t agree with. READ: Left-Wing Reporters Demand Twitter Silence Conservative Reporters That Have Done Nothing Wrong

And now one CNN reporter wants cable companies to censor competing conservative new media. READ: CNN’s Oliver Darcy Ramps Up Pressure To Censor Networks

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