Now that we live in a time where every man, woman, and teenager can use Twitter to speak to the entire literal world in real-time, a great deal of our First Amendment practice occurs online, on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
And while this sounds like an excellent tool to exert the will of the people on the world, the issue is that these platforms are owned by men and women with agendas, often rooted in revenue, who have no problem bending the traffic to suit their own personal, political will.
Such is the case this week as a salacious tale regarding Joe Biden’s son Hunter hit the presses. Being as explosive as it was, and within such proximity to the election itself, Twitter sprung into action, drawing the ire of a great many Americans.
Twitter locked the account of @TeamTrump, an official Trump campaign account, citing the same policy it used to ban links to the New York Post’s bombshell story on hitherto unrevealed links between Joe Biden and the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma.
Mike Hahn, a social media manager for Team Trump, revealed the censorship in a tweet earlier today.
“Twitter has suspended TeamTrump for posting a video calling Joe Biden a liar who has been ripping off our country for years, as it relates to the @nypost article” said Hahn. He added the suspension comes “19 days out from the election.”
According to the screen Hahn tweeted, the tweet violates the platform’s rules against “posting private information.”
It was only hours earlier that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s personal Twitter account was suspended for sharing a version of the story.
Furthermore, a number of users reported that their accounts were getting dinged for sharing a version of the story from a “.gov” domain, showing that Twitter had been actively working to scrub the story from the internet completely.