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Letter: Should the government regulate social media?

In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Former-President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter this year following a Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol in Washington.
Richard Drew, Associated Press

Jan. 6 certainly is part of the United States of America’s dark history after a mob, allegedly supporters of former President Donald Trump, invaded the U.S. Capitol during President Joe Biden’s certification. This fact called Big Tech’s attention and immediately banned Trump from social media, shutting the president of the United States’ mouth.

Could Big Tech run over the Constitution, censoring who represents the country’s sovereignty, “shutting the mouth” of the president of the United States?

Anne Webster, in her article “Big Tech, Must Be Held Accountable for Content,” argues that “the permanent banning of Donald Trump’s Twitter account will undoubtedly be a watershed moment in the debate surrounding free speech and censorship on social media platforms, and the regulation of big companies.” She’s right.

Another mob — people claiming to be with the Black Lives Matter movement — which attacked and looted shops, destroyed public property and historic statues all around the United States, and uses social media as communication, wasn’t banned. Big Tech is deciding what is right or wrong.

The regulator failed, and now, Big Tech is the new censors. The creature is devouring the creator and acting in his place. The government must urgently imprison this creature in a cage called regulation.

Martinho Fernandes

Riverton