By Kristina Wong - breitbart.com |
House Republicans expressed outrage after Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump's Twitter account, and Google and Apple moved to remove the conservative social media app Parler from their stores.
"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said in a statement.
"What the hell is happening?" Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted. "Twitter and Facebook are shutting down accounts. Apple and Google are shutting down Parler as people try to migrate there. Are we living out some kind of dystopian novel this week?"
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) - one of the president's top supporters and fighters against Big Tech - tweeted: "Big tech tyranny is playing out before our very eyes."
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) tweeted, "#Section230 reform is do or die. Big Tech is trying to strangle the Right and we must fight back!"
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) said he was drafting a bill that amends the Civil Rights Act to include political affiliation as an impermissible basis of discrimination. "Enough is enough."
Former GOP Rep. Doug Collins (GA) tweeted:
Don't be fooled. Big Tech isn't shutting down accounts due to "risk". They're trying to control what you READ. What you THINK. What you BELIEVE. They're after one thing: control. Because control means power. Don't let them win.
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) tweeted: "This is about control. Don't think for one second that anyone is immune."
Twitter also suspended accounts affiliated with Trump or the Trump campaign, as well as some of his top supporters, such as retired Gen. Michael Flynn.
A number of conservative figures on Twitter noted that they lost thousands of Twitter followers over the past few days, as accounts were suspended, deleted, or otherwise restricted.
Meanwhile, Democrats and Democrat lawmakers celebrated the censorship of Trump on Twitter.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gloated, tweeted a check mark and quote of her own tweet to Trump from June 2016 that said, "Delete your account."
LIMBAUGH LEAVES TWITTER AFTER TRUMP BAN
By Alana Mastrangelo - breitbart.com
Nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh deactivated his Twitter account on Friday, after the social media platform permanently banned President Donald Trump's account.
Twitter confirmed with USA Today that Limbaugh's account was not banned, but had been "deactivated by the owner."
Limbaugh, while relatively new to the platform, had over 600,000 followers on Twitter, and was following just one account - President Trump.
On Friday, Twitter permanently banned President Trump from its platform, claiming that the president's tweets posed a "risk of further incitement of violence" - referring to the events that took place on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Following Twitter banning the President of the United States, Google removed social media platform Parler from its Play Store for Android devices, and said the app will remain suspended until it implements "robust" moderation policies that crack down on free speech.
Concurrently, Apple threatened to ban Parler from its app store unless it cracks down on constitutionally protected speech that Apple doesn't approve of - a move that would effectively exclude the app from all Apple smartphones.