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Following the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol last week, Facebook suspended President Donald Trump from its platform, and Twitter followed suit shortly thereafter.
Over the weekend, Google and Apple removed Parler, a social media platform widely used by conservatives, from its app stores. Then, Amazon suspended Parler from its web services Sunday evening. Now, many Americans are voicing their concerns over the power such platforms have to limit free speech.
Klon Kitchen, director of the Center for Technology Policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins the show to explain why Twitter and Facebook say they banned the president, and why Google, Apple, and Amazon are actively suppressing Parler.
Kitchen also explains what laws and reforms are needed to keep the power of technology giants in check.
We also cover these stories:
- Democrats file an impeachment article against Trump, citing the Jan. 6 unrest at the Capitol.
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asks that Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas be removed from the Senate following their attempts to object to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
- The social media platform Parler sues Amazon after being suspended from Amazon Web Services.
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