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January 07, 2021

Chairman Thompson: Permanently Ban Trump’s Social Media Accounts

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the need for social media platforms to ban President Trump:

“For four years, Facebook and Twitter have given the President a platform to spew dangerous, violent lies and cause untold harm to our democracy. Facebook has finally taken the long-overdue step of blocking the President’s account – at least for the next 13 days – but I’m deeply frustrated that it took a group of domestic terrorists storming the Capitol before they were willing to do so. I also can’t help but wonder if the decision was an opportunistic one, motivated by the news of a Democratically controlled Congress.

“Twitter, for its part, appears to be leaving open the possibility that it will lift its suspension of Trump’s account in the near future. This would be catastrophic.

“These corporations should announce a permanent ban of his accounts. Nothing short of that will meet this moment.”

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