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Expert weighs-in on social media companies suspending President Trump’s accounts

Twitter permanently suspending President Donald Trump’s account.

Posted: Jan 8, 2021 7:19 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Twitter permanently suspending President Donald Trump’s account.

The social media company making that decision just two days after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

On Friday both Facebook and Twitter taking action against President Trump, removing his tweets and locking him out of his accounts.

Action News Now asked if a professor at San Francisco State University if this violates free speech.

“Companies like Facebook and Twitter have terms of services that people agree to,” said Professor Melissa Camacho, an associate professor at San Francisco State University.

But some people say they think this violates the first amendment.

“Well [President Trump] should have freedom speech and they're telling him what they can say,” said Connie Wuann of Redding.

“I don't think they should be able to decide,” said Paula Miller of Redding.

Professor Camacho says in the past few years, Twitter and Facebook have been trying to crack down on disinformation while still trying to let people to speak freely.

“From a media perspective, no it's not censorship,” said Professor Camacho.

“You're not being banned from saying anything. You are being banned because you violated the contract of service.”

Kelly Mitchell of Redding, tells Action News Now she agrees with what Facebook and Twitter did.

“I thought it was smart of [Facebook and Twitter] to do that,” said Mitchell.

“[President Trump] has such a strong base that believes everything he says and takes it to such heart without any type of thought.”

Twitter made the decision to ban the President Friday after two tweets, the last one saying he did not plan to attend the inauguration that could be interpreted that it will be a safe target for violence.

Twitter says the ban specifically addresses the “@RealDonaldTrump” account and not President Donald Trump personally. But if it becomes clear he is using another account to circumvent the ban they may suspend it as well.

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