In nearly the same breath, Democratic senator and failed presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) has warned about Facebook’s power in the national debate … and applauded Donald Trump’s banning from the platform.
Her wildly contradictory attitudes were expressed in an interview with the Washington Post Live and reported by The Hill, both government-controlled “news” outlets.
On May 8 Warren called Trump “a danger to democracy” and applauded the decision by Facebook’s “Oversight Board” to uphold the company’s ban on him. Warren urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to maintain the ban when Facebook reviews the matter in another six months.
“I am much happier with Donald Trump off the air, off Facebook. I don’t like having to get up every morning and go through what he’s done. I think he poses a lot of risk,” she said, apparently oblivious that the same reasoning could be used to ban her own Facebook account.
Asked if Trump should now be treated as an “ordinary American” by social media companies now that he’s out of office, Warren said: “He poses much more risk than an ordinary American … He spreads lies.”
Warren was referring to Trump’s emphasis on corruption, cheating and irregularities in the 2020 election.
At the same time Warren is calling for breaking up the Big Tech companies that make such wise and important decisions. She voiced unease about the power of Facebook and other social media companies to influence the national debate.
“I see this and think about the amount of power that Facebook has,” she said, noting that Facebook internally refers to its independent Oversight Board, which upheld its Trump decision, as the “Supreme Court.”
“Does that tell you how much power they see themselves as having? More power than government. Last I saw, nobody did advise and consent, nobody nominated those people other than Mark Zuckerberg.”