President Donald J. Trump joins the conservative-friendly social media platform after tech giant Twitter bans him from theirs
BREAKING UPDATE: Twitter permanently removes Trump's account!
Reports say the President's new Parler account name is @thepotus45.
Fox News host Sean Hannity said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has an account on Parler, a social media platform pitched as an alternative to Twitter that has become a popular destination for conservatives, according to Newsweek.
Hannity said the president had signed up to the platform during a segment that featured former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders alongside right-wing commentator and radio host Dan Bongino—an investor in the app.
"I saw that the president had joined it. At least there is a place, it's like Twitter, it's called Parler, I have an account there... good for you because the president joined, because they are censoring him and Dan Scavino and everybody else," Hannity said.
Even the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), a usual critic of Trump's, on Friday raised concerns about Twitter banning the President.
The Washington Times reports:
The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday is raising concerns about social media platforms banning users, in the aftermath of Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend President Trump.
While the ACLU has repeatedly locked horns with Mr. Trump and his administration over issues such as the president’s travel ban, the ACLU is worried about the ramifications of tech companies diminishing online speech.
“We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions — especially when political realities make those decisions easier,” said Kate Ruane, ACLU senior legislative counsel, in a statement. “President Trump can turn to his press team or Fox News to communicate with the public, but others — like the many Black, Brown, and LGBTQ activists who have been censored by social media companies — will not have that luxury.”
Ms. Ruane said it is her hope that the tech companies will apply their rules equally to everyone.
Twitter said on Friday evening it decided to permanently bar Mr. Trump out of concern that his presence on the platform posed a risk of future violence.
See also: "Twitter Censoring Conservatives is Worse Than it Appears" by Townhall.
See also: "Big Tech Censorship Suppresses the Reopen California Movement" by the California Globe.
See also: Tim Pool's commentary on the coming social media "purge" of conservative voices.