Lawmakers and a civil liberties group are speaking out against Twitter’s decision on Friday to permanently ban President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE from its platform.
Twitter decided to ban Trump for violation of its glorification of violence policy. Many on the right have taken to Twitter to speak out against this decision.
Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoChristie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE tweeted, “Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left” and compared Twitter to the Chinese Communist Party.
Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years.— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) January 9, 2021
We cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP.
Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMore than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (R-Texas) also expressed their displeasure with Twitter’s decision.
Even those who oppose Trump should see the danger of having a small & unelected group with the power to silence & erase anyone.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 9, 2021
And their actions will only stoke new grievances that will end up fueling the very thing they claim to be trying to prevent.
Big Tech’s PURGE, censorship & abuse of power is absurd & profoundly dangerous.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 9, 2021
If you agree w/ Tech’s current biases (Iran, good; Trump, bad), ask yourself, what happens when you disagree?
Why should a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech? https://t.co/ehgVYtHX7H
Many Republican members of congress described Twitter’s decision as an example of Big Tech overreach and censorship.
By banning the duly elected President of the United States, Big Tech has declared they are more powerful than the will of the American people. Unelected tech oligarchs should not have such massive power over global discourse while enjoying little to no oversight/accountability.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 9, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) also briefly changed her profile picture to one of Trump.
The only way to stop Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook from censoring conservatives is to rein in their anticompetitive behavior.— Congressman Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckHillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules Judge rules Apple is not 'illegal monopolist' in high-profile Epic case Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit MORE (@RepKenBuck) January 9, 2021
They can censor you because they are a monopoly.
Twitter purges conservatives. Google suspends Parler.— Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (@RepBethVanDuyne) January 9, 2021
Where was Big Tech over the summer when liberal voices were inciting violence in our streets?
To be clear: This isn’t about violence. This is about Big Tech trying to control what we think, what we share, how we communicate.
“For the few liberals left in the Democrat party: work with us to protect our most sacred rights. This must be our greatest priority,” Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP seeks Biden referendum over vaccine mandates The Memo: Biden comes out punching on COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect MORE (R-Texas) tweeted.
This will not end well and will only make things worse. Big tech must stop.— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 9, 2021
For the few liberals left in the Democrat party: work with us to protect our most sacred rights. This must be our greatest priority. https://t.co/B5CqptR3Jt
American Civil Liberties Union Senior Legislative Counsel Kate Ruane also put out a statement about Twitter’s decision, saying the “unchecked power” tech has should concern everyone.
Ruane added that Trump has the ability to take his message elsewhere but that “Black, Brown, and LGBTQ activists” won’t have the same resources if social media platforms censor them.
ACLU struggling here on this one....this is American Civil Liberties Union after all. pic.twitter.com/mWFOWJPwon— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 9, 2021
Twitter has also suspended Trump’s campaign account and digital director for attempting to let Trump use their accounts to have a platform on the site. Twitter will continue to ban any accounts that try to help Trump get back to its platform.