Former U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s banned on all key social media platforms, belatedly praised Nigeria for banning Twitter and urged other countries to do so while lamenting not doing the same during his four-year tenure.
He issued a statement late on Tuesday, supporting the Nigerian government’s decision last Friday to suspend Twitter activities in the country in response to censorship of its president Muhammadu Buhari, whose account was put in 12-hour lockout for alleged “glorifying violence” and making threats, according to AllAfrica.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?”,” Trump said.
Those are the same grounds Twitter used to censor Trump and the White House account last year, during the riots in Minneapolis and Washington, DC.
Twitter and other social media platforms not only banned Trump entirely after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, while he was still the sitting president, but others interviewing him get censored for daring to broadcast his “voice.”
Regreting his leniency towards social media during his presidency, Trump issued an official statement through his website said that he should have taken action against Facebook too but its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg “kept calling” him and telling how great he was.
Trump also hinted at a possible ban in 2024 when he is planning to contest for the presidency again
“Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?” the message reads.
It’s worth mentioning that Trump made small step in that direction in May 2020 issuing executive order that instructed U.S. government to hold social media platforms accountable for censorship in bad faith, but it was never enforced with the Justice Department and other regulators standing by while Twitter, Facebook and YouTube teamed up with activists to “fortify” the 2020 election against Trump.
Zuckerberg was praised by corporate media for “saving the election” after allegedly personally donating $300 million to specific jurisdictions to support a massive mail-in voting infrastructure.