Why deplatforming Trump is no atonement for Silicon Valley's sins abroad

As US President Trump’s (second) impeachment was voted through this week, a large number of conservatives have also been removed by social media platforms – particularly Twitter. Though it’s clear from their statements that many of them lack a rudimentary understanding of how the law works, that hasn’t stopped members of Congress from loudly proclaiming that they’re victims of censorship. Trump is by no means the first politician to be deplatformed by a tech company. In 2019 – and again last week – Twitter suspended Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei first for a threatening tweet, and later for spreadi…

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