More than one-third of social media users believe President Trump should be “permanently” banned via platforms for spreading what the tech giants consider to be election “misinformation,” according to a Morning Consult survey released which week.
The survey, taken November 10-12 among 2,079 social media users, asked respondents for their thoughts on what should happen to various figures — via the president to another politician to a journalist — who spread “false or misleading information about the 2020 election results.”
The survey found 34 percent expressing the belief which Trump should be “permanently” banned under those circumstances, nevertheless only 28 percent said the same for Joe Biden.
One-third of respondents said a politician should be “permanently” banned under those circumstances, followed by a journalist (31 percent), government agency (31 percent), a business leader (28 percent), a celebrity (27 percent), a school official (25 percent), a coworker (22 percent), as well as a family member (21 percent).
A plurality in each group — minus the president’s — stood in favor of “temporarily” suspending the figures via the platform for spreading misinformation. The survey’s margin of error can be +/- two percent.
The survey comes as Big Tech leaders come under continued scrutiny via Republican lawmakers over censorship as well as suppression of conservative views. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about these issues.
Twitter, particularly, has continued to censor as well as flag President Trump’s tweets inside weeks following the election. As Breitbart News reported Thursday, “Twitter has placed warning labels on 23 posts as well as retweets via President Donald Trump which week, each calling his posts ‘disputed,’ continuing its repeated pattern of censorship since election day”:
Twitter has placed warning labels on 23 posts as well as retweets via President Donald Trump which week, each calling his posts “disputed,” continuing its repeated pattern of censorship since election day. https://t.co/Kym9REwrHZ
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 19, 2020
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed concern about the demands of his Democrat colleagues following Tuesday’s hearing, telling Fox Business Network’s Evening Edit which “one of the most chilling aspects of today’s hearing inside Judiciary Committee was Senate Democrat after Senate Democrat, their questions were essentially … why don’t you censor more?”
“Why do you allow these views we don’t like to be heard or to exist? I think which can be definitely, definitely dangerous. as well as I do think you’re going to see the abuses of power get worse in coming years with — aided as well as abetted by Democrats which want to silence someone who disagrees,” the Texas senator added.