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ACLU Warns of ‘Unchecked Power’ After Facebook, Twitter Suspend Trump

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ACLU Warns of ‘Unchecked Power’ After Facebook, Twitter Suspend Trump

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday warned that the suspension of President Donald Trump’s social media accounts wielded “unchecked power” by large tech companies. Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, said in a statement that Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump from social media sets a precedent for tech companies to silence voices. The group first took issue with Trump’s usage of social media outlets to question the results of the Nov. 3 election and his allegations of voter fraud. “We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” the ACLU statement read. Ruane said that transparency is needed from Big Tech companies, noting that activists who don’t …

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