Facebook and Twitter Didn't Grow a Conscience. They Know Why They Really Blocked Trump

Big tech companies simply saw what any junior political analyst could see – the king of Twitter and Facebook is dead or dying; long live the new king

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A Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia, August 10, 2020.
A Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia, August 10, 2020.Credit: OLIVIER DOULIERY - AFP
Guy Rolnik
Guy Rolnik
Guy Rolnik
Guy Rolnik

Facebook and Twitter both blocked U.S. President Donald Trump’s accounts over the weekend, and offered detailed explanations why. On Thursday, Facebook said it had blocked Trump’s accounts “indefinitely” and for at least two weeks, until the presidential transition is completed. And later on Friday, Twitter said that it has permanently suspended Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

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