By Jon Dougherty
The Left is fond of calling POTUS Trump and his legions of supporters fascists — who knew there were so many of in the U.S. of A? — but the reality is, the traits they attribute to those of us in the president’s corner are really being practiced by their Marxist heroes.
Take Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. Like the other social media giants Twitter, YouTube, and Google, Zuck’s place blocks, bans, censors, or just plain buries any [right-leaning] political opinion and content the speech Nazis he employs don’t agree with.
That’s been happening for more than a year, mind you — we’ve reported on it — but the censorship has never risen to the level of the White House.
At least, not until now. On Tuesday the president took, ironically, to Twitter (he’s the platform’s biggest and best marketer) to warn Zuck and Facebook after the social media behemoth blocked Trump’s social media manager (you can’t make this up).
Dan Scavino took a screenshot of a prompt that popped up when he attempted to post that read, “You’re temporarily blocked from making public comments on Facebook.” It cited “spam” but, of course, the warning did not elaborate.
“Dear Facebook- AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks,” Scavino said with a screenshot of the Facebook censorship.
Scavino has worked with Trump for many years. He runs several of the White House’s social media accounts and never had any problems until now.
The incident caught the attention of Scavino’s boss.
I will be looking into this! #StopTheBias” the president wrote in a tweet Tuesday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019
It’s not clear what the president can or will do, but increasingly the censorship of the Leftist social media giants is drawing attention from powerful people. House Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes filed a $250 million suit against Twitter on Monday alleging not violations of speech but rather that the platform now takes such an active role in both curating and banning content, rather than merely hosting it, that the company ought to face liability like any other media organization that defames.
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