After Twitter Bans Trump, Florida Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Require Social Media Sites To Notify Users

Jan 11, 2021
Originally published on January 9, 2021 3:43 pm

Sen. Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills) is working on a bill he says would require social media sites to notify users why they’ve been disabled or suspended within 30 days. He’s chosen to take up this issue after Twitter banned President Donald Trump’s account due to what the company called a risk of further incitement of violence. The company's decision came after a pro-Trump mob breached the U.S. Capitol earlier this week in an attempt to overturn the election certification process.

“As publishers of third-party content, they should not be allowed to discriminate based on content and ban individuals just because they do not agree with their viewpoint,” Burgess says.

Twitter determined that Trump’s last two tweets broke its Glorification of Violence Policy, leading to the permanent ban. Trump has also been blocked on Facebook and Instagram indefinitely.

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