- The Washington Times
Friday, May 3, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. says it’s time for Americans to “fight back” against social media giants after Facebook banned Paul Joseph Watson and a host of other political personalities.

President Trump’s son says Thursday’s decision by Facebook to ban “individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology” should be a clarion call to free-speech advocates everywhere.

“The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by @facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone,” he began a series of tweets Friday. “It appears they’re taking their censorship campaign to the next level. Ask yourself, how long before they come to purge you? We must fight back.”

Among those banned were Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Mr. Watson, however, told supporters Thursday that his banning was particularly bizarre, given that he broke none of the platform’s rules. 

“Reports are true,” he tweeted. “I have been banned by Facebook. Was given no reason. I broke none of their rules. In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged.”

He scoffed at the notion that he posted “dangerous” content: “My opinions? Or giving a handful of giant partisan corporations the power to decide who has free speech? You decide.”

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN that groups, pages and accounts created to represent banned individuals will be removed when administrators know the banned individual is participating in the effort.

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