The following is an excerpt from an article in Newsweek.
A legislative counsel member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned Friday that the suspension of President Donald Trump's social media accounts wielded "unchecked power," by Twitter and Facebook.
Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU said in a statement that the decision to suspend Trump from social media could set a precedent for big tech companies to silence less privileged voices.
ACLU statement courtesy of Voice of America:
For months, President Trump has been using social media platforms to seed doubt about the results of the election and to undermine the will of the voters. We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions -- especially when political realities make those decisions easier. President Trump can turn to his press team or Fox News to communicate with the public, but others -- like the many Black, Brown, and LGBTQ activists who have been censored by social media companies -- will not have that luxury. It is our hope that these companies will apply their rules transparently to everyone.Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
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