The 6th of January, 2021, was a chaotic day. Former President Donald Trump conducted a rally to rally his followers against rigging the election. Only a few guests decided that storming the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was a brilliant idea.
Twitter and other social media platforms responded to the incident by banning Trump from social media. Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” In no way does that incite the chaos that ensued. Trump’s words gave the crowd a sense of patriotism and duty to utilize their first amendment right and protest the election results. Everything up to that point is legal and a constitutionally protected right. After that, it’s a different story. Hundreds of thousands of people attended Trump’s rally, but only around 300 people entered the Capitol. The decision to do so fell solely on the individual. Not Trump’s words.
So, you might ask yourself if Twitter uses this same type of regulation for all its users, and the answer is an obvious no. The Taliban is allowed on Twitter.
Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Congressman, doesn’t take it lightly. He sent a letter to Twitter saying, “You cited that the ban of Donald Trump was due to the ‘risk of further incitement of violence under your Glorification of Violence policy,’ however, Twitter currently allows Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid and Yousef Ahmadi to remain on the platform.”
Breaking 🚨 I sent a letter to @Jack over @Twitter's blatant speech bias & double standards. Why does Twitter allow two Taliban spokesmen to have a platform but restricts the First Amendment Rights of former President Trump? It's past time to hold #BigTech accountable. #Taliban pic.twitter.com/6tylgmCBTz
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) August 17, 2021
The Taliban engages in violence every day. They feed off of the power, and violence is the only legitimate way they can gain power and authority in the first place. It sounds like “Glorification of Violence.”
The Twitter violence policy includes terrorist groups and encourages violence. What this action does is tell users who Twitter is comfortable with and who they aren’t. Twitter has banned individuals from posting firearms and firearm-related content as well as conservative views and conservative content. No point did any of that lead to death and destruction on the same level as the Taliban. And when it’s compared to Trump’s actions, Trump doesn’t even compare.
Trump has a current lawsuit against Twitter because he was banned, and this recent realization will give Trump a lot more ammo than he needs when he goes into the courtroom. Regardless of whose side the court is on, it’s going to change the way social media operates for the coming years.