Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-01-14 18:24:08 –
Chicago (NewsNation Now) — Snapchat has banned the latest President Donald Trump from a series of outages and bans from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and more.
The move has ignited the debate over social media and censorship. NewsNation talked to people on both sides of the problem.
Professor Ethan Zuckerman of MIT Media said social media sites are within the right to ban users who do not follow the policy.
“But more broadly, I’m not excited about this idea of how much Facebook or Twitter can control someone’s speech,” Zuckerman said.
He also spoke with President Trump’s social media platform release with Eugene Volok, a law professor at UCLA.
He believes that private companies like Twitter have the right to ban users, but banning elected officials with many followers may be an overuse of their power.
“I’m not saying that Twitter violates its own policy. It’s hard to tell because the process isn’t transparent. It’s different from the courts that have all these court records,” Volok said. Told.
Both people interviewed by NewsNation have fallen into various aspects of the debate, but agree that they are wondering if social media companies have too much influence on American public discourse. There seems to be.
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In a White House video Wednesday night, President Donald Trump accused the ban on social media and called it an attack on free speech. He said Americans should listen to each other rather than silence each other.
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