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Another Big Tech Platform Just Permanently Banned Donald Trump

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In a move that reeks of virtue signaling, the social media company Snapchat has permanently banned President Donald Trump from using its platform.

A spokesman said Wednesday said that the decision was “in the interest of public safety.”

“Last week we announced an indefinite suspension of President Trump’s Snapchat account, and have been assessing what long term action is in the best interest of our Snapchat community,” the spokesperson told TechCrunch.

“In the interest of public safety, and based on his attempts to spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence, which are clear violations of our guidelines, we have made the decision to permanently terminate his account.”

Trump has already been banned from almost every other major social media platform, most notably Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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These actions were part of an effort by large technology companies that they claim would stop the possible spread of information leading to incitement of further violence following the Capitol incursion last Wednesday.

While Snapchat is an influential company in its own right, the logistics of its ban in particular seems like performative activism.

The Trump campaign did use Snapchat to connect with young voters, but not to the same extent that the campaign used Facebook or that Trump himself used Twitter.

Do you agree with Big Tech banning Trump?

Personally, it would be hard to picture a statement from the president coming from the app, which is overwhelmingly used by young people. Perhaps he or his social media guru Dan Scavino would have liked to experiment with dog filters after they depart the White House.

Trump getting de-platformed may seem like a massive victory to many on the left, except it sets a terrible precedent for free speech.

It is true that these are private companies that technically have a right to suspend any account they please, but that does not exempt them from criticism.

When the ayatollah of Iran and the Chinese government are allowed to have accounts that push propaganda to cover up human rights violations, it becomes clear that Twitter does not have a consistent standard in terms of content moderation.

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If world leaders were held accountable for their words across all platforms, this would be a much different story.

However, the truth of the matter is very obvious — most of these technology companies are generally operated by liberals in Silicon Valley, making their standard for what is extreme and what isn’t distilled with a left-wing bias.

Many of Trump’s tweets were in poor taste, but actions without consistency are just plain hypocrisy.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Orange County, California. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News, and has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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