Twitter should have banned President Trump's account earlier, asserts John Healey of The LA Times. His repeated violations of the platform's conditions, by spreading false information, threats and slander, warranted a strong response. Trump's tweets were particularly dangerous, as a Twitter review found they showed his support for the Capitol Hill rioters and could encourage followers to disregard the results of the election and potentially commit further violence. Just because he is president doesn't mean Trump deserved a free platform on Twitter, free to ignore its rules. He still has plenty of other outlets to make his voice heard.
The effort by big tech companies to stifle conservative voices has gone too far, argues Liz Peek of Fox News. Removing President Trump's ability to talk to his followers is a grave abuse of power that harms free speech. Facebook, Google and Twitter are using this moment of left-wing confidence across the board to curry favor with Democrats. They seek to avoid heavy regulation and oversight, to maintain their huge power and independence. Conservative opinions are being limited from the top to the bottom. The internet giants have a unique responsibility to uphold free speech and the free exchange of ideas. They are failing miserably.