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Social media companies restrict President Trump, local legal expert weighs in

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President Donald Trump's tweets were muted on Friday. The President has 80 million followers on that platform alone, but Facebook also took Trump's page down on their platform as well.

Beckley Lawyer, Robert Dunlap says that all social media platforms has a right to enforce their community standards to prevent issues that could arise due to the risks of further incitement of violence.

"They don't want White Supremacist, Neo-Nazis, they don't want hate groups utilizing their platform to harm other people. Arguable if they're complicit in those persons finding a way to harm others, in a way they have some responsibility under a conspiracy argument," Dunlap said.

Dunlap says if other accounts are created, those accounts could be banned as well.

"They would simply ban the additional accounts and if he uses another person's email, they would ban that email address so that person couldn't set up a Facebook account at a later time. Ultimately what's really hurting our president is that he's use to having a platform and he's so use to having instant gratification to being in millions of people's head with whatever thoughts pop in his mind and that's being taken away. Although that may feel attractive, it isn't in anyway illegal," Dunlap added.

In its email to Parler, Amazon Web Services said it had flagged 98 examples of posts that quote, "clearly encourage and incite violence."-end quote.
However Dunlap adds that when the doors closed to the president on social media platforms, it's not a total lockout because the internet is a big place, he explained.

"There's nothing that can preclude people from sending out a website, or bulletin board service posting from the worldwide web. Just because the app store doesn't make it easy for you to access someone's point of view doesn't mean you can't still get it," Dunlap said.

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