‘Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t’: Graham calls to remove legal protections after Twitter bans Trump

‘Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t’: Graham calls to remove legal protections after Twitter bans Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF/AP) – South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will fight to remove legal protections from “Big Tech” companies after President Donald Trump was banned from Twitter on Friday night.

Twitter announced it has “permanently suspended” the president’s account citing “the risk of further incitement of violence” after the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The social media company posted an explanation on its blog, stating that recent tweets from the president amounted to the glorification of violence when read in the context of the Capitol riots and plans circulation online for future armed protests around the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Graham, a Trump ally, took to Twitter and denounced the decision.

“Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake. The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter,” Graham tweeted.

He added that he is more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech companies that let them be immune from lawsuits.

“Big Tech are the only companies in America that virtually have absolute immunity from being sued for their actions, and it’s only because Congress gave them that protection,” Graham tweeted.

Graham is now calling on Congress to repeal Section 230 and put Big Tech on the same legal footing as all other companies in America.

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