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Don"t "censor" Trump, top House Republican says after Facebook locks president"s account

Democrats want social media companies to lớn boot Trump permanently after Wednesday"s violence, but Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers warned of "serious không tính phí speech consequences."


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President Donald Trump’s Facebook và Instagram accounts will be locked through at least Inauguration Day, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday, amid Democratic calls for social media companies khổng lồ expel hyên ổn permanently for inciting Wednesday"s deadly violence in the Capitol.

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But a leading House Republican on tech issues warned against "censoring" the president, saying Trump should instead use his access khổng lồ tens of millions of followers to lớn "lower the temperature" on social truyền thông media.


“Censoring the sitting President of the United States has serious không tính phí speech consequences that will extend far beyond President Trump"s time in office,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee , said in a statement lớn zerovn.net.


"President Trump needs to vày the right thing and unequivocally condemn yesterday"s violence," she said. "There are no excuses for the mob and what occurred in the People’s House."

The panel’s Democratic chair, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), had called Wednesday for the tech companies khổng lồ “remove” Trump for “inciting violence and spreading dangerous misinformation” online after his supporters swarmed the Capitol building.

The debate about how Congress và Silicon Valley should respond to lớn the fomenting of violence in Washington, D.C., played out a day after Facebook, its photo-sharing platsize Instagram & Twitter froze the president"s accounts. Zuckerberg followed up on Thursday by announcing an indefinite suspension of his accounts on Facebook & Instagram, at least until President-elect Joe Biden"s swearing-in.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President khổng lồ continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg wrote in a statement posted lớn his personal page. “Therefore, we are extending the blochồng we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely và for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

Twitter & Facebook froze Trump’s accounts Wednesday in reaction to lớn the president’s incendiary response to a mob of his supporters who invaded the U.S. Capitol, in addition to lớn removing several posts from Trump — including a đoạn phim in which he called the rioters “very special” and professed his admiration for them.

Separately, YouTube removed that đoạn Clip for violating its policies against content alleging rampant voter fraud in the 20trăng tròn elections, though it would allow others to lớn repost the đoạn Clip if they added context.

YouTube added on Thursday that because of Wednesday"s violence, anytoàn thân posting a new video making false claims about widespread voter fraud will receive sầu a "strike" restricting their ability lớn upload or stream. Three strikes within 90 days will mean permanent removal of the channel.

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The violent breach left at least four people dead & had members of Congress and their staffs hunkered down for hours waiting for the rioters lớn leave the building after the Capitol’s police force was caught flat-footed by the mass of Trump supporters.

Zuckerberg said Trump’s handling of the rioters “rightly disturbed people in the US và around the world,” and that it has crossed the line for what the company is willing lớn accept.

“Over the last several years, we have sầu allowed President Trump lớn use our platsize consistent with our own rules, at times removing content or labeling his posts when they violate our policies,” he wrote. “We did this because we believe that the public has a right to lớn the broadest possible access to lớn political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platkhung to lớn incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”

Social truyền thông media companies have sầu long struggled to calibrate their approach to lớn false & potentially dangerous information on their platforms coming from Trump và other high-protệp tin political leaders. They stepped up their enforcement in the run-up to the election và its aftermath, but the actions of the past 24 hours are a dramatic escalation of their confrontation with the sitting president.

Twitter restricted Trump’s account for the first time Wednesday và ordered hyên lớn delete multiple posts in order khổng lồ regain access to lớn his favored medium. The company also threatened to throw hlặng off the platform entirely, a major reversal as it has repeatedly held off previous calls to vì chưng so while Trump is in the Oval Office.

"Our public interest policy — which has guided our enforcement action in this area for years — ends where we believe sầu the risk of harm is higher and/or more severe,” a Twitter spokesperson said Wednesday.

As a result of being blocked, Trump was forced khổng lồ release a statement assenting lớn an “orderly transition” of power to lớn President-elect Joe Biden via senior White House nhà trắng communications aide Dan Scavino after Congress officially certified the incoming president’s Electoral College victory.

The companies" actions this week still don"t address the deeper problem, incoming Senate Intelligence Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement, pointing to lớn years of concerns about online platforms" role as breeding & organizing grounds for far-right extremists.

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"While I’m pleased to see social truyền thông platforms lượt thích Facebook, Twitter và YouTube take long-belated steps lớn address the President’s sustained misuse of their platforms to lớn sow discord & violence, these isolated actions are both too late và not nearly enough," Warner said.


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