Well, it finally happened. With a week or so remaining in Donald Trump’s four-year term in office as the 45th President of the United States of America, Twitter permanently suspended his account.
The President of the United States was also banned from various other social media platforms, including Pinterest of all places. This was truly heartbreaking news, as he will now have to seek out an alternative platform on which to construct his vision boards.
In retrospect, this felt inevitable. Twitter has been flirting with the move for years, with some of the most intense pressure coming from within its own ranks. Previous episodes of social media bans of prominent figures, such as Alex Jones or Milo Yiannopoulos, have sparked brief conversations about social media censorship. These discussions seemingly fade into the collective unconscious with every refresh of the news feed, only to resurface when another name makes the blacklist.
But this one is impossible to ignore.
It involves the sitting President of the United States, one who received nearly 75,000,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election just a couple of months ago. Several platforms acted in a coordinated fashion, like a pride of lions on a hunt in the Serengeti. As people searched for the exit doors of Twitter, the technocrats shut down the escape routes one by one. Apple removed Parler from its app store after demanding that the platform remove content that violated its stated policies. Amazon removed it from its web hosting service. Deutsche Bank, among others, announced that it would not do future business with the president while Signature Bank announced that it would close Tump accounts holding about $5.3 million.
Perhaps it’s time orange man considered orange coin.
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