On January 8th, 2021 Jack Dorsey and company finally threw down the gauntlet, permanently banning President Donald J. Trump from Twitter. Leaving no slight unanswered, President Trump responded on Twitter (before the tweet was deleted) threatening to build his own social network. Here is the transcript of Trump’s final statement on Twitter:
“Also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED! They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely… STAY TUNED!” – President Trump @POTUS
The following is a screenshot of his full statement.
This is a remarkable statement from President Trump, primarily because it directly addresses a number of issues and a topic of much speculation in recent years.
- What will Trump do after leaving office?
If the statement above is any indication, it would appear that Trump will finally dabble in a communications enterprise of some kind. In the past, that conversation was normally centered around Donald Trump starting his own cable network or possibly buying Newsmax or OANN. But this latest statement would seem to confirm his interest in a Twitter-clone service, possibly taking over ownership of Parler or a similar social network.
- Will Right-Wing Media finally create a legitimate competitor to Twitter/Facebook?
After years of right-wing personalities being systematically banned from the primary social media networks, the possibility of a legitimate alternative might finally come to fruition. While Twitter clone-network Parler has gained momentum in recent months, the technology powering it (Parler) is inadequate to effectively compete with Twitter. The same can be said about Rumble, another upstart conservative network.
- Could blanket-bans on political figures trigger Washington to repeal Section 230 of The Communications Decency Act?
Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg have insisted for years that Section 230 is inadequate to properly address the issues facing social networks at scale. Contrary to popular belief, the CEOs of major social media companies actively encourage lawmakers to revisit the Communications Decency Act. With the permanent ban of President Trump on Twitter, the odds have increased considerably that Section 230 will be repealed or at least rewritten to account for the current state of liability for social media networks and companies.
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