President Trump’s Social Media Feuds

Olivia Nichols

Recently, social media sites have been removing posts and accounts that show favor toward President Trump. Facebook and Twitter have permanently banned President Trump from using the platforms all together, saying that the President has been inciting violence. Facebook owns Instagram and has banned Donald Trump for at least the rest of his term in office on that site as well. Amazon made similar decisions by removing Parler from its web hosting service. Parler is a social media platform that is popular with conservatives and is similar to Facebook.

According to CNN, “Social media organizations have been clamping down on the President and some of his supporters who repeatedly claim that the election was fraudulent even though courts have ruled there’s not evidence of this to overturn election results.” Harsh claims against both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been spread over social media causing violence like the riots that took place in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Social media companies say that online statements by the President and many of his supporters could encourage more violent events like the incident at the Capitol. Diverse groups of critics are saying that some of these companies are censoring political viewpoints that they don’t agree with, and this is showing that these companies have too much power over free speech. The Washington Post has also stated, “Trump scrambles to find a new social network after Twitter ban, as the White House prepares to blast big tech.” Many people have voiced their opinions on the matter. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter stated that he believed it was the right decision for Twitter and that offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all. Many people did not share the same opinions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thought that the whole situation is problematic. She has said, “The fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators, not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms.” Max Boot, A CNN analyst, tweeted “If Twitter and Facebook had acted earlier to ban Trump, the Capitol might never have been attacked.” Some people are seeing this ban as a relief while others are very angry with Twitter and Facebook. 

Parler, which calls itself an unbiased social media platform, has now been banned by Google, Apple, and Amazon. It is now considered unusable because of its unavailability. Amazon made the decision to remove Parlor because many of the Pro-Trump users on the platform glorified the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol. Parler is now suing Amazon for removing the site from its cloud services. The complaint they are making is asking a federal court for a restraining order against Amazon and calls Amazon’s decision a “death blow” to Parler. The complaint also includes that Amazon breached its contract with Parler by not giving them a 30 day notice of termination. Monday evening, Amazon said that Parler’s lawsuit has no merit and it is clear that there is a significant amount of content on Parler that encourages violence against others. “Parler is unable or willing to remove and identify the content which is a violation of our terms or services,” said an Amazon spokesperson Monday evening.