annieli / Daily Kos (01/09/2021)
Darn that Big Tech, it’s like the Deep State decided to merge with it and become mega-kleptocracy. Appropriately the new platform could be called “Trump”, and like Parler, access your personal information with its influence and affiliation interface. It could cut out the “middleman” in his grifting model.
For a brief moment, he managed to tweet anyhow — not from @realDonaldTrump, his suspended account, but rather the official @POTUS account reserved for the current President of the United States, one that will be handed over to Joe Biden on January 20th.
His message, before it was deleted, cryptically suggested that he will “have a big announcement soon” and that he was looking “at the possibilities of building out our own platform.” Trump is currently deplatformed from most social media.
The big picture: Trump’s political power, and his popularity with a large swath of the Republican base, always protected him from a backlash from business and tech leaders — until now. The Capitol siege proved to be the final straw.
Driving the news: Twitter announced Friday that the platform will permanently suspend President Trump’s account. It’s the strongest action against the president’s account and comes in response to the risk of further incitement of violence.
- Apple on Friday threatened to remove right-wing-friendly social media app Parler from its App Store if it doesn’t lay out a plan to moderate its content.
- Reddit said Friday that it had banned the subreddit group “r/DonaldTrump,” one of the company’s largest political communities dedicated to support for Trump. In the world of social media, that’s pretty close to the end of the game.
- Facebook is facing calls to boot Trump permanently from prominent voices, including from former First Lady Michelle Obama, a slew of celebrities and high-ranking Hill Democrats.
Businesses and billionaires have begun to reconsider their support for Trump, or at least their tolerance for his antics that came with the policies they supported.
- Many of America’s top businesspeople plan to deny future contributions to Republicans who egged on his efforts to overturn the election, sources tell Axios’ Dan Primack and Alexi McCammond.
- Billionaires that bankrolled Trump and applauded his tax policies, like venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Texas banking billionaire Andy Beal, aren’t rushing to Trump’s defense, per Bloomberg.