Lara Trump reported that Facebook censored an interview she did with former President Donald Trump, who is also her father-in-law. In an email, the platform explained that any video with the voice of the Republican will be censored.
The Fox News contributor had published a fragment of the conversation in which she invited to watch the full video at night. In the notification received from Facebook, it is also specified that the accounts that publish content of the former president could have other limitations.
The veracity of the Facebook email was confirmed by the Fox News team and the situation was denounced by several members of the family. For his part, Eric Trump maintained that it is a disgusting fact. “This is so horrible, what is our country turning into?” wondered Donald Trump’s son.
While such cases are being registered, members of the Republican’s team have assured that he could launch his own platform. “I think we will see President Trump return to social media in probably about two or three months, with his own platform,” Jason Miller, one of his advisers, told Fox News.
Not the first case of censorship toward Trump
But, this is not the first time this kind of censorship by Big Tech has occurred. Since the beginning of the pandemic and mainly, during the presidential election in November, then President Donald Trump had denounced irregularities in the publication of his messages on digital platforms such as Twitter.
On January 6, Mark Zuckerberg’s company suspended Trump’s account, which had more than 80 million followers. The measure was replicated by other apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch and also YouTube.
“Freedom of speech is dead and controlled by leftist overlords,” the former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. wrote at the time.
Meanwhile, the measure was not only rejected at the time by his family and followers, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) warned that allowing this type of action to pass would allow control over the personal statements of citizens.
“The measures adopted by the platforms could lead to an unbridled legislative race to regulate freedom of expression in the digital area,” said the IAPA in a statement.
Jorge Canahuati Larach, president of the IAPA, questioned whether a private platform, with the characteristics of a public network due to its reach and massiveness, can decide on issues of public debate or censor voices.