‘Crazy’ that Trump got banned on Twitter but Taliban stayed: Farage

Nigel Farage says it’s “crazy” that Donald Trump was banned from Twitter, but the radical Islamic extremist Taliban remained on the platform even as they stormed Kabul.

Discussing South African-born Tesla tycoon Elon Musk’s announced purchase of microblogging platform Twitter with investigative journalist Tom Bower on his GB News show, Farage hailed the change as at least a potential victory for freedom of expression online.

“I’ll tell you this, Twitter is not the real world and I understand that,” the Brexit leader said in response to a viewer’s question.

“But a lot of what you read in the newspapers, see on TV and hear on the radio is on Twitter – the opinion makers, the journalists, they are dependent to Twitter, and so if Musk succeeds in turning Twitter into a true beacon of free speech…” he continued, breaking off and launching into an aside about the former US president.

“Whatever you think of him, the idea that Trump was banned from Twitter while the Taliban were on Twitter the day they took Kabul is crazy,” he said, earning Bower’s approval.

That “the left is crying blue murder” over the purchase proves Musk’s free speech concerns on the platform are correct, Bower said, with Farage condemning people like “liberals illiberals”.

Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump, then still US president, in January 2021, because of the “risk of further incitement to violence”.

Specifically, the Silicon Valley company highlighted a tweet in which it stated that “75,000,000 great American patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN will have a GIANT VOICE in the future. . They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way!!! and “To everyone who asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20.”

“We have assessed the two Tweets referenced above as part of our Politics of glorifying violencewhich aims to prevent the glorification of violence that might inspire others to replicate violent acts and determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021,” they explained, suggesting that “[t]The second Tweet may…serve as encouragement to those contemplating potentially violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending. »

“The use of the words ‘American Patriots’ to describe some of its supporters is also interpreted as support for those who commit acts of violence in the US Capitol.”

These and other somewhat dubious justifications for banning Trump on the grounds of ‘glorifying violence’ described in Twitter statement on the ban contrasts with the behavior of the Taliban, who actively waged war against a US-backed government using suicide bombers and child soldiers, among other disturbing tactics.

The Russian government also remains on Twitter amid its forces’ ongoing war against Ukraine.

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