When he announced he was starting his own social media app (which he named Truth Social), former President Donald Trump claimed he was doing so because of all the censorship he’d been subjected to on Twitter and Facebook, both of which banned him from their platforms for spreading lies about the 2020 election.
Now, however, Truth Social is engaged in its own form of squelching free speech, allegedly booting users from the site for daring to mention the hearings being conducted by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to Variety:
The irony is rich: Truth Social, Donald Trump’s Twitter copycat claiming it is “free from political discrimination,” has reportedly banned users who posted information from Thursday’s congressional hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — in which the former president is a key focus.
That’s according to several posts on Twitter by users who claimed Truth Social was censoring them. Reps for Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns and operates Truth Social, did not respond to a request for comment.
Travis Allen, whose Twitter bio describes him as an information security analyst, on Thursday evening posted a screenshot from the Truth Social app that said “Account suspended,” and he wrote: “My Truth Social account was just permanently suspended for talking about the January 6th Committee hearings.”
My Truth Social account was just permanently suspended for talking about the January 6th Committee hearings. pic.twitter.com/MBNTSNe4Z8
— Travis Allen (@TravisAllen02) June 10, 2022
Max Burns, communications director for Democratic New York State Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, confirmed that he’d also seen people being banned from Truth Social for daring to speak the truth:
“Seeing a lot of folks getting banned from Trump’s Truth Social for posting updates about the January 6 Committee hearings. Apparently free speech has its limits even in Trumpland.”
In case you were wondering, Truth Social’s terms of service state:
“We reserve the right to, in our sole discretion and without notice or liability, deny access to and use of the service (including blocking certain IP addresses), to any person for any reason or for no reason… We may terminate your use or participation in the service or delete [your account and] any content or information that you posted at any time, without warning, in our sole discretion.”
See if you can guess who else’s terms of service say basically the same thing. If you said Twitter, you probably aren’t a Truth Social user.
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