An incitement to violence or free speech? Students debate validity & ethics of social media ban on Trump
In the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, violent protest in the Capitol, many social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook banned President Donald Trump on claims that his public social media posts fanned the flames of insurrection. But what happens when the power of social media platforms clash with the power of an American president?
The Wessex Wire created this package with the help of history teacher Beth Vaknin and more than 70 students enrolled in her AP Government classes. Below is a sampling of multifaceted student perspectives on the legality — and morality — of social media account restrictions that platforms placed on President Donald Trump in January 2021. Each voice is different, but the below essays are broadly sorted into three categories:
GREEN: Bans are good to GO
YELLOW: Bans should proceed with CAUTION
RED: Bans should STOP