Keri Hilson and Wacka Flocka Flame question social media platforms’ move to pull the plug on Trump, the soon-to-be former President of the United States.
Saturday, Keri shared her perspective on the matter. Miss Keri baby went on to say she believes social media companies are infringing upon everyone’s First Amendment rights by simultaneously banning the leader of the “free world” from their platforms.
Keri claims she was defending a “bigger picture” which went far beyond the surface. She also stated she has close associates who are “censored” , “silenced” or “shadow-banned” on social media for anything that isn’t pro-government or doesn’t support their “elite agenda”. Read the snapshots below.
Some agreed with Keri while others were baffled and the backlash wasn’t pretty at all. Fans automatically felt Keri was defending Trump though the singer denied any claims of backing 45. Wacka Flocka Flame made an attempt to reinforce the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer’s stance but it did not end well either. After Flocka commented “Somebody smart,” a fan followed up with the response, “it ain’t her nor you if you agree.”
…and Twitter never let’s up. Whew!
The problem I have with people like Keri Energy Hilson & Waka Bus Stop Flocka is their attempt to create a think piece on the THREAT against the freedom of speech based on the removal of Trump’s Twitter account, lacks actual thought behind it.
— Darius (@According2Darry) January 10, 2021
Plus, free speech doesn’t allow inciting violence.
In Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969), the Supreme Court held that govt cannot punish inflammatory speech unless it is "directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action".
— Jessalyn (@jesssaha) January 10, 2021
I see some of you don’t know what “free speech” is.
Twitter is a PRIVATE entity and since capitalism is the name of the game in America it means the company can do what it wants once you violate its terms of service.
— łiłith’s Son ✝️ (@LyricsAndABeat) January 10, 2021
However, there were some that agreed with Hilson.
She’s so right. I’ve noticed that people don’t really care for freedom anyway.
— laila manilla (@tammytammmyy) January 10, 2021
She not necessarily wrong but at the same time it’s Donald so fuck it. But overall she got a point
— 🇧🇧 Founding Titian 🏁 (@_Lawbytheway) January 10, 2021
Facebook and Twitter spearheaded the act.
Over the past week, while patriotism seemed to take a terroristic turn, a few major social media platforms permanently banned President Trump and others placed a temporary suspension on his social media accounts.
NBC News reports, his email vendor even suspended access by his campaign. On Thursday Facebook led the way by indefinitely suspending Trump’s account and Twitter suspended the @realdonaldtrump account permanently the following day. Other platforms jumped in on shutting down Trump on social media like Tiki Tok, YouTube, and Instagram. And the list goes on.
“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a statement.
First Amendment rights and the social media market
To clarify, the First Amendment applies to the government, not private corporations. Even if the First Amendment applied to the private sector, Trump still violated terms and conditions across multiple social media platforms by inciting hate and violence. His freedom of speech has been protected for quite some time and social media company execs like Mark Zuckerberg have had more than enough.
For years, Trump violated the terms and conditions of many social media platforms. Not just on one occasion, but several. Not to mention the mob wars that sparked following 45’s “call to action” during the “Save America” rally once both Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler conceded.
U.S. Capitol protests spiral out of control.
So why was U.S. President banned in the first place? Trump is notorious for hit flaccid veracity and divisive language. While 45 got away with saying wild and bizarre things on the net during his tenure as president, social media giants canceled Trump immediately following the fiasco at the U.S. Capitol.
Rioters invaded the Capitol after Trump’s speech at the “Save America” rally during which he used suggestive language. Not only did Trump consider the U.S. Elections “fraudulent”, he made claims that the election was “stolen”, and urged his supporters to “fight like hell”, “because you’ll never take back our country with weakness.” A very short while following his speech, Trump supporters were jam-packed on the steps leading to the Capitol.
Some protesters began climbing the Capitol’s walls like ninjas while others bomb rushed the entry forcing lawmakers into a lockdown. The mob attack left a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. The building was not marked clear until 12 hours after the invasion began.
Trump says he will not be in attendance at the inauguration.
In the final stretch as commander in chief, Trump announced publicly that he would not be attending the inauguration on Jan. 20 where president-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated into office, blocking Trump’s shot for a second consecutive term. Though Trump declines to attend, former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama all confirm that they will be in attendance.
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