Conservatives Are Not Welcome on Twitter

Last Thursday, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account went down for 11 minutes.

Twitter responded to this incident in a statement: “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored. We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”

The usual liberal pundits rejoiced as if this was something to be celebrated.

For example, Buzzfeed journalist Jason Leopold tweeted: “Twitter employee nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.”

Leftists do not seem to be worried that a single rogue Twitter employee can simply delete the account of the President of the United States. An even scarier thought is that it did not need to be a rogue employee; Twitter, or any social media platform, could simply ban the President if they wanted to.

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Is the prospect of Twitter actually banning Trump far from reality? We already know two things: 1) far-left media such as Buzzfeed would praise such an action by Twitter, and 2) Twitter has already begun suppressing speech.

The most prominent case of a conservative being banned from Twitter is the case of Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial gay conservative. He had poked fun at the 2016 Ghostbusters movie.

Many conservatives feel as if the same scrutiny is not applied to liberal users who consistently break Twitter rules.

After the recent ban of Roger Stone, attention has been called to liberal pundit Keith Olbermann, who has a history of using offensive language on Twitter. For example, Olbermann had called Trump a “treacherous Russian whore.”

Twitter has yet to punish Olbermann for his offensive content.

The troubling trend of suppression of conservative speech on Twitter calls for an alternative.

The main obstacle regarding a new social media alternative is the lack of users. Naturally, there is no point to a social media site without users to interact or be “social” with.

This is where Trump could remedy the situation. Trump’s Twitter account is followed by over 40 million people, and many people are on Twitter primarily to see Trump’s messages. Trump has the power to move to a new social media platform, and millions would follow.

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If Trump were to permanently switch to a social media platform that values the principle of free speech, I know that I would follow suit and leave Twitter forever.

Trump leaving Twitter for an alternative would also disrupt the attention gained by Twitter journalists who have made a career out of racing to be one of the first individuals to say something offensive in reply to his tweets.

After Trump blocked some users on Twitter, a journalist wrote an article for Fortune titled, “Trump Blocked Me on Twitter and It’s Costing Me My Career.”

I would argue that it is for the best if far-left journalists cannot profit off of Trump’s tweets.

It is time for us to find a new social media platform, and I would urge Trump to use his influence to begin the move.

Malachi Bailey is a dissident intellectual dedicated to the preservation of Western values. To contact him, email: Twitter: @MBDissident.

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This post was last modified on March 16, 2018 12:37 pm