Trump op-ed defends Big Tech suit, says platforms are ‘manipulating debate’

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Former President Donald Trump is defending his recently filed lawsuit against Big Tech companies, slamming platforms for being quick to moderate speech emanating from the US while excusing Chinese propaganda and threats to America from Iran’s supreme leader.

In an op-ed published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, the 45th president began by explaining, “The internet is the new public square. In recent years, however, Big Tech platforms have become increasingly brazen and shameless in censoring and discriminating against ideas, information and people on social media — banning users, deplatforming organizations, and aggressively blocking the free flow of information on which our democracy depends.”

“No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence,” the president continued. “They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself.”

Trump then listed a series of examples, including how social media responded in the wake of The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, as well as the censorship of any content questioning the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the final months of the heated presidential race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.

The emails revealed that the younger Biden introduced a top Burisma executive to his father, then vice president, less than a year before the elder Biden admittedly pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

The water-damaged MacBook Pro — which bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation — was dropped off for repair at a Delaware computer shop in April 2019, but the individual who dropped it off never returned to pick it up.

It was seized by the FBI in December of that year.

Both President Biden and his son have continued to deny any wrongdoing.

Immediately following the release of The Post’s exposé, Twitter locked The Post’s account and demanded the outlet delete six tweets that linked to the stories based on files from the abandoned laptop in order to regain account access.

Twitter finally caved and unlocked the account after a two-week stalemate in the waning days of the election, without The Post deleting any of the tweets in question.

During that time, The Post gained about 190,000 Twitter followers.

At a Senate hearing weeks after The Post’s return to the site, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey conceded that the company made “a mistake” in its actions.

“We recognize it as a mistake that we made, both in terms of the intention of the policy and also the enforcement action of not allowing people to share it publicly or privately,” said Dorsey, responding to a question from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) about the forced media blackout.

The then-outgoing president was banned from Twitter, Facebook and scores of other sites in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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