“Tomorrow It Can Be Someone Else”: Bernie Sanders Comes Out Against Trump Twitter Ban

Sen Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) came against the Twitter prohibit of former president Donald Trump yesterday.  Sanders expressed his discomfort with the role of Big Tech in censorship perspectives, a sharp departure from his coworkers who have demanded more such corporate censorship. In a meeting Tuesday with New York Times columnist Ezra Klein,” Sanders said that he didn’t feel”especially comfortable” using the ban regardless of his opinion that Trump is”a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an aide… a bad news man.” He said”if you are asking me do I really feel especially comfortable the then president of these usa couldn’t express his own views on Twitter? I really don’t feel comfortable about that.”
I’d hope that Sanders would have exactly the same perspective of a non-sitting president or a normal citizen. They should be able to talk freely. Sanders doesn’t go up to that”Internet originalist” situation, but he at least is recognizing the danger of these censorship. He explained that”we have to be considering, because if anyone who thinks yesterday it was Donald Trump who was prohibited and tomorrow it could be somebody else who has quite a distinct perspective.” He said that it’s a danger to really have a”number of high tech people” controlling speech in the us.
I’ve long praised Sanders for his principled spin on many issues and this dissenting opinion is most welcomed by those in the free language community. It’s in sharp contrast with his coworkers who celebrated the ban and called for more censorship.
As we have discussed, Democrats have abandoned long-held free language worth in favor of business censorship. They clearly has a different”comfort zone” compared to Sanders.  What disturbs many Democratic members will be the capability of people to talk freely on those platforms and spread what they see as”disinformation.”
After Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey came back before the Senate to plead for blocking the Hunter Biden narrative before the election as a error, senators pushed him along with other Large Tech executive for more censorship.
In that hearing, members like Sen. Mazie Hirono (D., HI) pushed witnesses like Mark Zuckerberg and also Jack Dorsey for assurance that Trump would stay barred from talking on their programs:”What are the two of you ready to do about Donald Trump’s use of your programs after he quits being president, would be still be deemed newsworthy and will he be able to use your platforms spread misinformation?”
Rather than addressing the hazards of such censoring of news accounts, Senator Chris Coons pushed Dorsey to enlarge the categories of censored material to prevent people from sharing any perspectives he believes”climate denialism.” Similarly, Senator Richard Blumenthal seemed to take precisely the opposite meaning from Twitter, confessing it was wrong to censor the Biden narrative. Blumenthal stated he was”concerned that both your companies are, in fact, backsliding or retrenching, which you are neglecting to take actions against dangerous disinformation.” Accordingly, he demanded an Reply to This question:
“Will you devote to exactly the same kind of strong content alteration playbook in this coming election, including fact checking, tagging, reducing the spread of misinformation, along with other steps, for politicians from the runoff elections ahead?”
“Robust content alteration” has a certain appeal, such as, for instance, a kind of software upgrade. It’s not content alteration. It’s censorship. Really, leading professors had the integrity recently to declare that they consider “China is appropriate” about censorship.
Sanders clearly doesn’t believe”China was right,” as least as it applies to your sitting president. Hopefully, Sanders will continue to speak out on free speech and also expand on this principled stand to oppose the unrelenting drive from Blumenthal and others to corporate controllers within speech on the Internet.