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Extend Trump’s Facebook ban indefinitely, or risk more people’s lives

On Friday Facebook extended it’s ban on Donald Trump, saying they’ll reevaluate in two years.

 

Why does it matter? Because social media is just as powerful as traditional media. That’s why YouTube star Logan Paul was able to get a multimillion-dollar exhibition against Floyd Mayweather. It’s why Kim Kardashian and her sisters still matter. And it’s why Donald Trump was able to get millions of followers to cling to his every lie.

 

Trump spent five years lying about Barack Obama’s birth certificate—claiming he had proof that Obama was born in Kenya. Trump spent his whole presidency lying about everything from COVID to the border wall. But when he started lying about the election, he prompted thousands of his followers to attack the capitol. People died. Twitter banned him. And Facebook did, too.

 

Twitter’s ban is permanent, and Facebook’s remains, for now. Which means Trump won’t be on Facebook and Instagram to influence the midterm elections and help Republicans win back the House and Senate. It means he won’t be on Twitter to undermine Joe Biden’s every move. It means he won’t have the chance to spread unfiltered lies to the masses and cause more people to die.

 

But don’t sleep, because while Trump is gone from social media, his allies are still in state legislatures, pushing laws to keep us from voting. They’re on police forces shooting our people. They’re in banks refusing us loans. They’re in businesses that don’t give us jobs.

 

The issues we deal with are bigger than Donald Trump. He’s just the face of it. But if he comes back to social media in two years, that’ll mean trouble for Black folks. Because in two years the next presidential campaign will be well underway, and giving Trump an unfiltered platform will not just cost us politically. It will ultimately cost people their lives.

 

Photo: Trump. By. Nikko

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