Bernie Sanders Admits He's Not Comfortable With Trump's Twitter Ban
Despite not having political commonality, Senator Bernie Sanders and former President Donald Trump seemed to have found common ground on the issue of Trump's ban from Twitter.
Bernie Sanders expressed not being comfortable with banning a president from a social media platform. Trump, a prolific Twitter user, was permanently banned from Twitter after the January 6 Capitol riot.
The said move did not only displease Trump but also put his fellow Republicans in rage as they were annoyed by the banning. Republicans even accused the social media platform of bias due to the political censorship that they have done.
The Senator, an outspoken Trump critic, noted that a president should not be barred from expressing his views on a social media platform.
"Look, you have former president... who was a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian... This is a bad news guy," Sanders said.
But he added: "If you're asking me do I feel particularly comfortable that the then president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don't feel comfortable about that."
Bernie Sanders also emphasized that social media platforms should not be used for authoritarian purposes and insurrection.
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Bernie Sanders was not happy about the situation as he pointed out that he was not comfortable with giving much power to a "handful of high tech people" who could make their own distinctions between free speech and dangerous rhetoric.
The Senator said the issue was not only about Donald Trump. He noted that tomorrow might be a different story, and somebody with a very different point of view might be banned.
Donald Trump to Launch His Own Social Media Platform
The said comments from Bernie Sanders came after Jason Miller, a senior adviser to Trump, said the former president would return on social media by launching his own platform.
Trump's senior adviser noted that the former president is having meetings with various teams regarding his possible venture. He said several companies that are interested in the partnership have already approached them.
Jennifer Grygiel, a professor at Syracuse University who studies social media and its influence, said that Trump currently has a problem with not being present on social media since he currently does not have many individuals who are paying attention to him.
Grygiel noted the new social media platform would be a perfect attention-getter, NPR reported.
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