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Radio News: Donald Trump's social media cancel culture

Jun 12, 2022 11:33 pm

Former President Donald Trump's social media service "Truth," which he started after he was kicked off Twitter for lies and misinformation, is not a place one can be banned for their beliefs, right? “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in a press release last year before his site launched, bragging about the lack of censorship. Now Mike Masnick reports at Techdirt that Trump's Truth site is banning users for trying to spread some “truths” about the January 6 hearings. "My Truth Social account was just permanently suspended for talking about the January 6th Committee hearings," Travis Allen, a political commentator on social media and self-described information security analyst, posted on Twitter on June 9, the day the first public hearing on the attempted coup of the United States was held. "So much for "free speech." This is censorship!" he wrote. Jack Cocchiarella posted on Twitter a similar story on June 10. "I was suspended from Truth Social for posting about the January 6th hearing last night," he wrote. "Donald Trump is scared of free speech." And this is not the first time that cancel culture has come to Trump's version of the Truth. In February, Techdirt reported, "Trump's social network is rapidly banning users it doesn't like, without telling them why." And the site's terms of service state that they may ban users: "We reserve the right to, in our sole discretion and without notice or liability, deny access to and use of the service (including blocking certain IP addresses) to any person for any reason or for no reason." Of course, no one has a constitutional right to a Twitter or Truth account, and companies are allowed to do what they want, even if Donald Trump doesn't want you to believe that truth.