In silencing Trump, two tech giants show where power lies

The muzzling of a president by Twitter and Facebook will stoke free-speech debate and deepen conservatives’ grievance over Silicon Valley’s political bias

A photo illustration shows the suspended Twitter account of United States President Donald Trump on a smartphone in the White House briefing room in Washington. PHOTO: REUTERS

In the end, two billionaires from California did what legions of politicians, prosecutors and power brokers had tried and failed to do for years: They pulled the plug on President Donald Trump.

Twitter's decision to permanently suspend Mr Trump's account on Friday "due to the risk of further incitement of violence", after a decision a day earlier by Facebook to ban the President at least to the end of his term, was a watershed moment in the history of social media.

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