By SILVIO CANTO, JR.
We all have new year’s resolutions, from weight loss to reading more books.
In my case, I decided to get out of the Twitter world.
My decision was based on all the crazy stuff I had been reading on Twitter and the obvious censorship of conservative opinions.
Now Twitter has deleted U.S. President Donald Trump’s account.
As I’ve heard, the decision happened after Trump said he’d skip the inauguration of his successor Joe Biden.
The Twitter leadership understood that as another statement that he was not accepting election results.
Didn’t they watch that short video of him accepting the results?
Twitter has clearly taken off its mask, as the New York Post stated in a Jan. 10 editorial: “While (Twitter’s permanent banning of Trump’s account) will please Democrats, and perhaps lessen the (justifiable) heat the company is taking from regulators, it just proves again that Twitter’s claims that it is ‘just a platform’ are hogwash.”
The editorial went on to point out that while some of Trump’s tweets “were untrue and incendiary,” so are Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini’s, whose Twitter account is still up.
“The difference is that Twitter is run by American liberals, who only really police one type of person, of one political persuasion,” the New York Post article said.
“It’s a little ridiculous that what finally did Trump in was tweeting that he wouldn’t be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.”
The newspaper admitted that it had “a bit of history with Twitter’s bias, seeing as they shut us down over a true Hunter Biden story. That incident proved that they ‘fact check’ stories critical of Democrats far more aggressively than they do for Republicans, just as they police conservatives far more than liberals.’
If Twitter were a private publisher, the article said, “this would be annoying but unavoidable; but it isn’t.”
“It’s a ‘platform’ that, thanks to Section 230, faces no responsibility for what is tweeted,” the article said.
“Twitter gets to censor whomever it likes, but throws up its hands at hate speech and libel with a ‘not our problem!'”
This is untenable.
Calling the situation “untenable,” the New York Post editorial concluded by saying that “either Section 230 needs to be repealed, and Twitter must responsibly police who it hosts, or Twitter needs to step back and let the public decide what is acceptable or not.”
Unfortunately, the 50-50 tie in the U.S. Senate may buy Twitter a little time.
I hope we can move to deny Twitter the Section 230 protection, because, clearly, it is not really a forum anymore.
SILVIO CANTO, JR. is a Cuban-born U.S. citizen who teaches English at a north Texas college. He is the author of the book “Cubanos in Wisconsin” and has a daily online radio program and blog dealing with U.S. and Latin American politics, as well as sports and historic events, and is a regular contributor to American Thinker.
…Jan. 13, 2021