Why is Twitter censoring the elected president?

One of Donald Trump’s retweets was removed for spreading ‘misinformation’ about Covid.

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Donald Trump has once again fallen victim to Twitter censorship.

He has been accused of spreading misinformation about Covid-19 after retweeting: ‘Covid has cure [sic]. America wake up.’

Minutes later, Twitter removed his retweet, which was likely referring to Hydroxychloroquine, a controversial medication Trump has previously recommended for use against the virus.

Meanwhile, his son, Donald Trump Jr, has had his Twitter account restricted after he posted a viral video of doctors endorsing Hydroxycholoroquine.

The drug is not widely used as a treatment for coronavirus, and trials have suggested it carries no benefit for infected users. But this is hardly a reason to ban support for it from online platforms.

Since the early days of the pandemic, social-media giants have been cracking down on so-called fake news and disinformation. But it’s not just 5G conspiracy theories and quack cures that are being banned – so are well-reasoned arguments which challenge how governments around the world are handling the pandemic.

YouTube has removed or ‘shadow banned’ videos featuring lockdown sceptics, and in the UK the internet regulator Ofcom has sought to punish those pushing against accepted truths about Covid-19. The UK government itself has been helping social-media companies in their censorious quest.

And this is not the first time Twitter has sought to censor Trump. Back in May, it ‘fact-checked’ claims he made about mail-in ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election, presenting readers with a warning that his claims were false. In the same month, it hid one of his tweets from his profile on the grounds that it contradicted the website’s rules on ‘glorifying violence’, and plastered a warning on it too.

These latest actions by Twitter are not only an affront to free speech — they also represent an unacceptable attempt to interfere in democratic politics.

With just under 100 days to go until the US goes to the polls, Silicon Valley should stop meddling and let the people decide for themselves what is true and trustworthy, and what is not.

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Comments

Darth Saddius

29th July 2020 at 10:51 am

Because he is a bell-end. Next question.

Charles Z

29th July 2020 at 1:09 am

The low quality of the comments under these articles should make the Spiked crew think: “We write so much and yet attract a load of far right cretins , mostly – what are we doing wrong?’

SPIKED – You guys really need a Zoom meeting to discuss your editorial and website policies going forward. You can do better than this.

Charles Z

29th July 2020 at 12:54 am

More garbage from the Spiked crew.

Imagine if the POTUS took time off from golf to post his medical tips on 300 different forums and sites and was banned from nearly all of them on a daily basis. Would that merit 300 articles? Really?

Which sane British adult would even give a flying f?

If Trump gets banned from posting conspiracy theory or rude poems about the Germans on 4chan, why the f. should I care?

I won’t even care when Trump dies. What he gets up to online is even less interesting than his golf handicap or religious beliefs and I say that as a news junkie.

If Spiked are that keen on free speech they should hire David Icke to tell readers of this website his stupid theories – he’s a tad more coherent than Trump.

Bros Bro

28th July 2020 at 11:54 pm

The Right would be apoplectic if Jeremy Corbyn or Hilary Clinton had won and they had been as hopeless and ineffective as the “Rights” deities have been over the last few months. We would never have heard the end of “more deaths than anywhere else in the world.”
Populism seldom produces competent leaders. It’s a shame that Hilarys Clinton was stopped from making the world a better place to live. Her greatest achievement is to accurately describe Trump supporters as “basket of deplorables” and we will always be grateful for that.

Brandy Cluster

28th July 2020 at 11:07 pm

Donald Trump is the ‘chemotherapy’ to destroy the cancerous swamp that is the US polity. And, of course, nobody in his or her right mind would opt for chemotherapy unless it was going to save the nation. I think of it in those terms; the Democrats are the cancer, along with their identity politics panjandrums, and these must be taken out. Trump is the only person equipped to do that. Don’t expect finesse from a head-kicker, but they often get results.

Bros Bro

28th July 2020 at 11:28 pm

More like a lethal injection

nick hunt

28th July 2020 at 10:09 pm

The drug is not widely used as a treatment for coronavirus”. No, only successfully by many countries all around the world. Is this author working for SAGE? I’ve never seen such an astonishing piece of disinformation at Sp-ked, not even by those with TDS. Please read James Todaro or Covud19Crusher on tw-tter. They aren’t slaves of big Pharma or blinded by ideology. This ignorance is costing 1000s of lives

nick hunt

28th July 2020 at 9:49 pm

“The drug is not widely used as a treatment for coronavirus”. No, only successfully by many countries all around the world. Is this author working for SAGE? I’ve never seen such an astonishing piece of disinformation at Spiked, not even by those with TDS. Please read James Todaro or Covud19Crusher on twitter. They aren’t slaves of big Pharma or blinded by ideology. This ignorance is costing 1000s of lives

James Knight

28th July 2020 at 9:28 pm

Trump was right when he tweeted:

“They are not after me, they are after you. I’m just in the way”.

marcus hateslies

28th July 2020 at 9:55 pm

Sorry Trumps, The country has tolerated 20000 lies so far. No reason to assume you will somehow change and start telling us teh truth. Be good children and SIT DOWN. The adults are talking.

Brandy Cluster

28th July 2020 at 11:04 pm

It’s what those, er, ‘adults’ are saying which is terrifying.

nick hunt

28th July 2020 at 10:13 pm

There’s not much he hasn’t been right about. He’s been warning about Chinese supremacism and corruption for many years, not to mention the swamp. But the haters are FAR too gone to accept anything Trump says. They also can’t learn that Trump is a whole lot smarter than they are. That’s the vanity of our moral and intellectual superiors for you.

Brandy Cluster

28th July 2020 at 11:03 pm

And it only takes a few thousand people to start a revolution, along with a weak polity. America is on a dangerous path and Trump is the only possible ‘security guard’ to make sure that doesn’t happen.

John Lewis

28th July 2020 at 7:36 pm

In the USA Twitter et al enjoy the same immunity of being held to account for their political interference that the bbc does over here. It has been clear for some time now that no “conservative” government will ever take them on.

Charles Z

29th July 2020 at 12:59 am

twitter is a private company.

If a POTUS decides to tweet his thick wife’s theory that eating raw eggs cures cancer, no Conservative government can force twitter to keep the tweet live.

As twitter would/could say to any UK Conservative government: ‘ F.O. and set up your own social media platform if you don’t like ours – you can tell Brits that eating custard cream biscuits is a cure for Lyme’s Disease if you like, on your own website. Now F.O.”

Ian Murray

28th July 2020 at 7:21 pm

Why is Spiked blocking my comments?

marcus hateslies

28th July 2020 at 9:56 pm

Chances are you are saying something true about Trump. They censor. Fox censors and they all whine about being censored. Tired old Nazi tactics

Brandy Cluster

28th July 2020 at 11:05 pm

Another one of your own projections.

Bros Bro

28th July 2020 at 11:32 pm

Daily Mail as well

George Whale

28th July 2020 at 7:05 pm

I fear most of Trump’s supporters will soon have been banned from the internet. How can the presidential elections be free and fair if one side is gagged?

Stephen J

28th July 2020 at 7:13 pm

Never mind…. With the help of the Russians, conservatives can win anything!

James Knight

28th July 2020 at 9:31 pm

All that is required is for Trump to join Parler and use it to make key presidential announcements ahead of time (make the same announcements on twitter 48hours later).

L Strange

28th July 2020 at 10:07 pm

Yep, I keep hoping he’ll do that.

jessica christon

28th July 2020 at 10:34 pm

And he’s well aware of that I’m sure, yet strangely, he doesn’t.

I’d support him if I could vote in the US, certainly over Biden or anyone the Dems can offer, but he’s all gong and no meal when it comes to actually doing something to break down big tech censorship; he won’t remove their platform status and he won’t use any of the pro free speech alternatives.

I’m hoping this will change after the election when he doesn’t need to think about another term.

nick hunt

28th July 2020 at 11:23 pm

Great observations, Jessica.

nick hunt

28th July 2020 at 11:22 pm

No democratic elections can be ‘free’ if some opinions are deemed socially unacceptable or unreportable, or if a true choice of differing political agendas is not on offer. In the UK, no monoculturalist party can stand for election, only those bowing to the hegemony of multiculturalism. No-one feels free enough to say “Britain First”. That shows the extent to which indigenous Britons have been oppressed and silenced, but also suggests the key to our liberation. Trump showed the way, and that nationalism can both win against frightening odds, and inspire a political revolution abroad. Does anyone rational still believe in the alleged tolerance, morality, wisdom and progressive nature of the left?

Charles Z

29th July 2020 at 1:06 am

Nick, mate, you’re free to stand for election on the platform that the age of consent in Newcastle should be 6. And people are then free to tell you to F.O.

That’s democracy.

You seem upset that if you ran for MP you’d lose. Probably you’ll start ranting about “the sheeple” because you’re a div.

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