The Facebook oversight board’s ruling this week upholding the social media platform’s decision to kick President Donald Trump off his Facebook and Instagram accounts elicited cheers from anti-Trump voices across the U.S. — especially the former president’s left-wing critics.
But one notorious Trump-hating leftist wasn’t so thrilled about the media giant’s move: Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Instead, Warren ripped the company for its move — despite the fact that she is glad the former president is no longer on Facebook and considers him to be a “real danger.”
What did she say?
The woman Trump loved to taunt with the moniker “Pocahontas”
appeared on Cheddar News following the Wednesday announcement and told the outlet that it was not OK for the platform to ban Trump and that the move was just one more example that Facebook has too much power.
“I’m glad that he’s not on Facebook,” Warren said. “I think that he poses a real danger. But I don’t think that Facebook ought to have this kind of power.”
What would the left-wing lawmaker like to see happen to Facebook and other tech giants? Like Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.), she wants the government to break them up.
“We need to break up these giant tech companies,” Warren declared. “And Facebook is one of them.”
She said she doesn’t like that Facebook kills competition — and not just with private business. They’re competing with the all-powerful U.S. government.
“They are crushing competition, and in cases like Facebook, they’re acting like they’re bigger than government,” Warren stated.
“The group that made this decision calls itself ‘the Supreme Court,'” she added, pointing to the oversight board. “They are not the Supreme Court, they’re part of a private company. They need to be broken up.”
“We need a chance for competition to flourish here, and we need a chance to have some power that balances out what these giants are up to,” Warren said without clarifying whether she was talking about balancing competition and power for private enterprise or the government.
Not Warren’s first objection to a Trump ban
Back on Oct. 2, 2019, a reporter asked Warren, who was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, whether Trump should be banned from Twitter.
The senator responded, laughing, “No.”
And during the Oct. 15, 2019, Democratic presidential nomination debate, then-Sen. Kamala Harris called on Twitter to ban Trump from its platform.
The future vice president attempted to pressure Warren into backing her up the declaration, but Warren wasn’t having it.
From NBC News:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren refused to take Sen. Kamala Harris’ bait when she asked at the debate Tuesday night that Warren join her in calling for Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump from the social media platform.
“I don’t just want to push Trump off Twitter, I want to push him out of the White House,” Warren said at the Ohio debate.
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Author: Chris Field
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