The Day the Internet Turned on Trump
NBC NEWS - internet as most people know it has decided that Trump is no longer welcome. It's a turning point for digital speech that was years in the making, but it took just a few hours to happen.
President Donald Trump's internet empire has come crashing down.
Twitter permanently suspended his account Friday. Facebook blocked him indefinitely a day earlier. And any hope he might have had of quickly gaining a big following on Parler, a social network with lax rules, was dashed when Google and then Apple removed it from their app stores.
Even Trump's email vendor suspended access by his campaign.
The internet as most people know it has decided that Trump is no longer welcome. It's a turning point for digital speech that was years in the making, but it took just a few hours to happen.
The crackdown doesn't end the conversation about the internet's rules but instead amplifies a relatively new one that will play out in Silicon Valley executive suites, in the decisions of advertisers and in congressional hearings about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the law that shields internet companies from much liability. And it points to growing questions about centralization of power on the internet in a handful of companies.
"It's almost like a bunch of dudes in Silicon Valley who happened to win the start up lottery shouldn't be in charge of making the rules the world follows in order to speak," tweeted Kate Klonick, a St. John's University law professor who has criticized the lack of accountability for tech companies....READ MORE
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