Big Tech Bans Trump

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The gravity of what happened in Washington this past week cannot be overstated. There can be no excuses made for the people who attacked the Capitol Building. There is no justification for what they did. To a person, they should be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

In the aftermath, Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Google and Apple removed Parler (an app that allows anyone to write anything) from their respective app stores. Not surprisingly, Trump supporters are trying to gaslight the Constitution.

Saturday morning, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “The world is laughing at America & Mao, Lenin, & Stalin are smiling. Big tech is able to censor the President? Free speech is dead & controlled by leftist overlords.” Clearly, the younger Mr. Trump has no idea what he is talking about. His argument is absurd. In fact, it is exactly backwards.

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The 1st Amendment was drafted to protect private citizens from a tyrannical government that might create a state religion (like almost every other country had at the time the document was drafted); to prevent the government from telling people what to think or what to say (which is the norm under totalitarian or dictatorial rule); to prevent the government from controlling the press (as is still the case in far too many countries around the world); to protect the right of citizens to get together for a peaceful protest; and to guarantee that citizens can let the government know when they have something they want dealt with.

The 1st Amendment is an easy read. You know what it doesn’t say? It doesn’t say that Trump has the right to force Twitter or Facebook or Google or Apple to let him on their platforms. In fact, it specifically says, as President (“the” government), he can’t.

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Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, ...

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