by Freddie Sayers
Thursday, 6
May 2021

Why Trump should not be banned from social media

A debate from earlier this year seems relevant once again
by Freddie Sayers

Earlier this year, I participated in an Intelligence2+, debate arguing against the motion ‘Big Tech was right to de-platform Trump’. This was my opening argument.

Following yesterday’s decision from the Facebook Oversight Board to permanently ban the former president from the platform, it seems relevant once again. Excerpt below:

By going down this path [liberals] are granting the greatest corporate power in history, Big Tech, even more supra-governmental power than it had. But worse than this, they are unwittingly completing the destruction they think Donald Trump started: undermining the framework of liberal democracy and pushing us back towards a world where the powerful rule without regard for due process.

This was naked censorship: it involved no law courts and no democratic vote. It’s dangerous and no true liberal should support it. It might feel good now if your team has the upper hand but the principle of censoring your opponents is going to come back to haunt you. Next time it won’t be your friends who control the media platforms, it will be your enemies.

- Freddie Sayers, Intelligence Squared


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  • show me the quote that promotes violence. I’ll wait. Groups like antifa and BLM, meanwhile, not to mention a significant number of Dems in Congress HAVE called for violence. The sitting VP was pushing a bail fund for looters and rioters. Yet, no platform has taken even the slightest step against those.
    There are no grounds for me to fear censorship over my political allegiance. Tell that to the multiple medical professionals who have been silenced across FB and LinkedIn for daring to buck the preferred narrative. Tell that to the multiple people and groups who’ve been deplatformed for not genuflecting to leftist belief. This isn’t about Trump, per see; if this can be done to a president, it can surely be done to the proles.

  • He was banned because he abused his access to social media to promote violence.” Which he never did, You Identified His Words As Promoting Violence, very different to what he actually said. But as this is the Nu-Liberal criteria for establishing ‘Truth’ (one’s truth) this is enough for you to ‘burn the witch’.

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