by Brandon Butler
Social networks and today’s coup 1/6/2021

David Pierce for Protocol:

Immediately, the calls came for Twitter to take stronger action. Chris Sacca tweeted: “You’ve got blood on your hands, @jack and Zuck. For four years you’ve rationalized this terror. Inciting violent treason is not a free speech exercise. If you work at those companies, it’s on you too. Shut it down.” Alexis Ohanian echoed the sentiment: “There are a lot of hard questions we’re going to have to answer for our children.” And Alex Stamos, the former Facebook CSO, said that “Twitter and Facebook have to cut him off. There are no legitimate equities left and labeling won’t do it.”

As the afternoon went on, and Trump tweeted half-hearted missives about “staying peaceful” and a video in which he repeated some of his same lies, many called for the social networks to suspend or ban Trump’s account entirely. Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Virginia, tweeted: “As someone who has served on your Trust and Safety Board since its inception and counseled you since 2009, time is now to suspend President Trump’s account. He has deliberately incited violence, causing mayhem with his lies and threats.”