Trump Responds to Facebook; Nigeria Bans Twitter
June 5, 2021 (EIRNS)—While the Trump-haters gloat that Facebook has declared itself to be the police, the judge and the executioner in determining censorship throughout the Facebook-using world, former President Trump responded forcefully: “Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing and ultimately we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse any more!”
Few of the corporate press whores bother to take note of the fact that the Facebook decision was announced by Sir Nicholas Clegg, member of the Queen’s Privy Council, now a VP at Facebook. Did Clegg inform the Queen, or was he perhaps ordered by the Queen?
Meanwhile, Twitter, having banned Trump until the end of time from its hollowed platform, pulled a similar stunt in Nigeria, deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 2. Buhari had issued a warning to armed arsonists who were attacking electoral offices that they are creating conditions like that of the disastrous civil war in the 1960s. Twitter said the tweet violated its “abusive behavior” policy. The government ordered Twitter to close up shop. (Buhari had millions of Twitter followers.)
Today, the Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed compared Twitter’s actions in Nigeria to those the company took after the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, including banning the account of former President Trump. “When people were burning police stations and killing policemen in Nigeria..., for Twitter it was about the right to protest,” he said. “But when a similar thing happened on the [US] Capitol, it became insurrection.”
In a now familiar act of chutzpah, Twitter responded to the ban with the following: “We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.” Free and open internet, that is, for those Twitter chooses—and that overrides the assumed freedom of speech for Presidents.
The Twitter portal is closed, but there are ways to get around the closure, so the government went further and warned that anyone caught sending a tweet will be arrested.
The Nigerian Attorney General’s spokesman told CNN: “Every freedom has certain responsibilities—corresponding responsibility to the freedoms. No freedom is absolute. Those who are apprehended will get to know what sort of prosecution awaits them.”