Banning Trump From Facebook “Slippery Slope” To Banning All Domestic Terrorists
Donald Trump was permanently banned from Facebook after inciting a violent insurrection against the United States Capitol, but Facebook’s critics warn that this could lead to all domestic terrorists being removed from the social media platform.
“It’s been said that freedom of speech does not mean freedom of reach, but it’s a very fine line. Before we know it, social media platforms might ban Neo-Nazis, Q-Anon disinformation accounts, and Isis sympathizers. Do we really want to live in a country where these groups can’t organize and plan their next violent attack? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves,” said attorney Christopher Delaney.
Many fear that by taking action to solve a problem, Facebook could potentially open the door to solving even more its democracy eroding tendencies.
“I realize there was a need to ban Trump, but if we’re not careful, Facebook could be on a slippery slope to becoming a website that isn’t Russia’s greatest tool in weakening the United States,” said Braden Nielson, professor of Telecommunications at Georgetown University.
Republican elected officials are claiming that the ban is the result of a political bias and that it must be reversed.
“They’ve had a bias against conservatives for years and now they’re not even trying to hide it,” said Senator Ted Cruz. “Censoring someone who tried to overthrow the United States government is fundamentally un-American and I will fight tooth and nail to stop it.”