NPR recently shocked social media users with a tweet that appeared to admit Big Tech had the ability to influence elections.
“Whether or not Facebook decides to reestablish former President Trump’s account in the coming months is likely to have major consequences for Trump’s political power and a possible future campaign,” NPR wrote on Twitter.
“Being on Facebook is crucial for modern political campaigns,” NPR explains in the accompanying story. A Big Tech power outage would mean a drop in fundraising and “a significant revenue valve would be closed for Trump, jeopardizing a 2024 presidential candidacy, if he decides to run again.” It could also have a negative effect on the mid-term candidates he plans to approve, they write.
Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief of The Federalist and contributor to Fox News, was among the first to notice that NPR has said aloud the quiet part.
“Admit election interference,” observed other users.
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Facebook’s watchdog last week announced it was upholding the company’s indefinite ban on former President Trump’s account, but said Facebook had six months to review the decision. The board also called the ban “arbitrary” and argued that the company “had broken its own rules.” Their move comes after Twitter kicked the former president off their platform in January, recently doubling down and declaring that they would not invite Trump even if he decided to throw his hat in the ring for the presidential election of 2024.
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“What Facebook, Twitter and Google have done is a complete disgrace and a disgrace to our country,” Trump said in a statement reacting to the news. “Free speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the mad radical leftists are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever. ”
Trump also posted the statement on his new communications platform, “From Donald J. Trump’s Office.” But Twitter is cracking down on it as well, taking action against accounts posting content from Trump’s new platform as part of their “circumvention policy.”
Following Facebook’s decision to keep Trump off their platform, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Has renewed his calls for antitrust action against the company and other Big Tech platforms. He also introduced his Bust Up Big Tech Act to put himself within reach of Google and Amazon, thereby banning them from marketing their own retail products alongside other sellers.
“It is high time to dismantle the big tech companies, restore competition and put power back into the hands of American consumers,” Hawley said of the bill.