A recent article published by NBC News provided an insight into the moments leading up to the decision by Facebook and Twitter to effectively blacklist President Donald Trump. One Facebook executive went against their own progressive groupthink to say, “We don’t have a policy for what to do when a sitting president starts a coup.”
In the article, entitled “How Facebook and Twitter Decided to Take Down Trump’s Accounts,” the outlet described the scenes internally at Facebook and Twitter before the companies’ decision to permanently suspend Trump from their services. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed that this blacklisting action was not coordinated, but nevertheless, the companies show eerie similarities in their process.
NBC News writes in its account of Facebook’s decision:
Early the next morning, from his vacation home in Kauai, Hawaii, Zuckerberg held a phone call with Sandberg, Bickert, Clegg, Kaplan and other executives. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, was on the call, along with Neil Potts, the public policy director for trust and safety policy, and Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams, among several others.
Zuckerberg said he had decided that Trump’s attempts to incite violence and undermine the democratic process were grounds for an indefinite suspension. No one voiced a dissenting opinion, the people familiar with the call said.
Shortly thereafter, Zuckerberg published a Facebook post explaining that “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”
A Facebook executive commented on the decisions: “This is not normal. These are extraordinary circumstances. We don’t have a policy for what to do when a sitting president starts a coup.”
A short while later, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the best course of action with Vijaya Gadde, the company’s legal chief, and a number of other Twitter executives. Dorsey approved a permanent ban, although he would later post a series of tweets noting his worries about doing so and his power to heavily influence “the global public conversation.”
Not only has Big Tech taken an aggressive approach to censoring and blacklisting those voices that do not subscribe to their worldview, but Amazon and others have decided to completely nuke Parler—a competitor to Twitter—due to the platform apparently not having enough parameters on what can and cannot be said.