Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Trashes Twitter’s Trump Ban

If anyone would know what living under a real authoritarian system is like, Navalny would

Top Putin Rival, Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny: Trump Twitter Ban ‘Unacceptable’

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny – one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent foes who nearly died last year of suspected poisoning by the state – called Twitter’s decision to ban President Donald Trump permanently on Saturday “an unacceptable act of censorship.”

Navalny, the leader of the opposition Progress Party and a longtime protest organizer calling for the end of Putin’s rule, compared Twitter’s censorship of Trump to Putin’s censorship of himself and noted that “cold-blooded murderers” like Putin and Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro continue to use the platform without restrictions.

After years of advocating for a democratic transition out of former KGB agent Putin’s over-two-decade-long rule, Navalny is now currently in Germany, recovering from what German doctors believe is deliberate exposure to Novichok. Novichok is a chemical weapon almost exclusively used by the Russian government. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in Navalny’s illness, which put him in a coma for weeks in August.

Here’s his thread

1. I think that the ban of Donald Trump on Twitter is an unacceptable act of censorship (THREAD)
2. Of course, during his time in the office, Trump has been writing and saying very irresponsible things. And paid for it by not getting re-elected for a second term.
3. The election is a straightforward and competitive process. You can participate in it, you can appeal against the results, they’re being monitored by millions of people. The ban on Twitter is a decision of people we don’t know in accordance with a procedure we don’t know.
4. In my opinion, the decision to ban Trump was based on emotions and personal political preferences.
5. Don’t tell me he was banned for violating Twitter rules. I get death threats here every day for many years, and Twitter doesn’t ban anyone (not that I ask for it).
6. Among the people who have Twitter accounts are cold-blooded murderers (Putin or Maduro) and liars and thieves (Medvedev). For many years, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been used as a base for Putin’s “troll factory” and similar groups from other authoritarian countries
7. Those who denied COVID-19 exist freely and communicate on Twitter. Their words have cost thousands of lives. And yet, it was Trump who got banned publicly and ostentatiously. Such selectivity indicates that this was an act of censorship.

It is censorship. Just not one that is restricted by the Constitution. It’s basically when an authority suppresses communications.

10. This precedent will be exploited by the enemies of freedom of speech around the world. In Russia as well. Every time when they need to silence someone, they will say: ‘this is just common practice, even Trump got blocked on Twitter’.

And you can bet Russia, China, and others will demand that certain people/groups get banned by Twitter. As some have noted, Twitter hasn’t banned Iranian leaders, who call for death to Israel and America. Violent Antifa groups are all over Twitter, and do not get banned.

And, of course, since Twitter did this to Trump, and seems to be wacking Conservatives left and right, they are leaving for other platforms. As you probably know, Apple and Google kicked Parler’s app off their app stores, and now Amazon will boot Parler off of their web hosting by 11:59pm Sunday because Parler won’t institute massive censorship schemes (it’s not a very good site, to be honest. Like using a pre-beta test design). Gab is gaining around 10,000 per hour (it looks too much like Facebook-lite in design for me), so, you can bet Gab will be on the hit list for app stores if it makes it that far (nope, no app at moment).

It is an excellent point. The question now is “will there be lawsuits?” Further, will you get a Section 230 repeal? I’m really loathe to go after Twitter, and of course, Facebook would be included, plus smaller outlets, over making them responsible for the content of their users. But, they have now set the stage.

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24 Responses to “Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Trashes Twitter’s Trump Ban”

  1. Hairy says:

    Teach do you think BIG GOVERNMENT. Should force Twitter to provide a free platform for everyone? Or just your Dear Leader?
    He claims to be a billionaire let him start his own company
    Let your FREE MARKET solve poor Donald’s problem
    Are you going to close your account Teach ?
    Gab is full of anti semetic people urging others to hate Jews
    Really do we want that ?

    • alanstorm says:

      Hairshirt, the tech companies gain exemption from being sued (that “Section 230” thing) by claiming to be neutral platforms – that they are not responsible for what individuals post.

      At the same time, they are claiming that Parler et al ARE responsible for what individuals post.

      As usual, the left wants it both ways.

      I’m sure it hasn’t occurred to you, being slow, that if you have a truly neutral platform, there WILL be things posted that will upset others. Are you OK with letting Big Tech determine what you can and can’t see?

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        analstorm,

        Do you support that bloggers and their hosts be responsible for defamatory statements in their comments sections?

        How about talk radio? Or cable news?

        • formwiz says:

          Nobody is more anal than Jeffery.

          He’s trying to branch out, but he looks like a twig elsewhere.

          How about commenters who make false accusations?

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          What responsibility does government have to protect citizens and institutions from terrorism?

          Domestic terrorists roam freely throughout the US only to be identified by their Red Hats and spittle. At least foreign terrorists have the barrier of entering the nation.

          The government did NOT take action to limit the speech of demagogic domestic terrorist leaders like trump, it was private companies. There are no limits on the ability of domestic terrorists to share their plots, conspiracies and and ideas. Email, soapbox, snail mail, telephones, texts, tv shows, pamphlets, websites like Gateway Pundit, Stormfront, White Nations, GAB and Dissenter, Parler…

          The organization and plotting of domestic terrorism is largely protected by our 1st Amendment, making it unlikely that trump’s incitement of insurrection could be effectively prosecuted. International terrorism is easier to quell. After all, Obama and Trump assassinated American citizens in Yemen for their speech. Anwar al-Awlaki and later his 16 yr old son, Abdulrahman were killed by drone strikes authorized by Obama. Al-Awlaki’s 8 yr old daughter Nawar was killed in a commando raid authorized by trump. All three were US citizens.

    • Jl says:

      If you truly had the moral high ground, would you need to prevent your opponents from speaking? Oh, I forgot-this is John I’m speaking to…

    • formwiz says:

      Jeffery’s sock puppets are always boring.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Dutcher is back after his attack on DC!

        Suck balls you cowardly traitor.

        Since you started the new civil war is it open season on traitors such as you?

  2. Est1950 says:

    Democrats will leave the Constitution “in tatters” if they pursue impeachment of President Donald Trump during the final days of his administration, legal scholar Jonathan Turley said.

    In a Saturday op-ed piece for The Hill, Turley warned that Democrats were adopting a standard of, as author Franz Kafka once wrote, “Guilt is never to be doubted.”

    “The damage caused by the rioting [at the Capitol] this week was enormous, however, it will pale in comparison to the damage from a new precedent of a snap impeachment for speech protected under the First Amendment,” Turley wrote. “It is the very threat that the framers sought to avoid in crafting the impeachment standard.

    What is being failed to grasp is that the left is no longer even supporting nor endorsing the constitution other then when it benefits them.

    Nothing can be seen in Trump’s speech that endorsed or called for his followers to storm the capitol. He quite clearly says PEACEFUL and PATRIOTIC when calling for people to come and expressed their constitutional rights.

    but you see Conservatives. The constitution does not exist in this country. It no longer has a place in the leftists seats of power.

    Pelosi is scheduled to impeach Trump Monday. There is a very good Chance that enough GOP senators will go along with this to actually Impeach Trump for expressing his constitutional rights of challenging election results and giving a speech which is guaranteed by the constitution.

    You know Freedom of Speech. In the house and Senate they can say anything they want on the floor and be held unaccountable. Yet when Trump gave a speech that many are claiming led to the storming of the capitol the left wants to shred the constitution and Impeach a president scheduled to leave office in two weeks.

  3. Est1950 says:

    I see no sign by either the left or the right of giving up on trouncing the GOP. Even those elected by Trumpians are expressing their FAUX outrage because they are cowards and afraid to fight for the constitution lest they be hashtag Canceled.

    Cowards. It is this lack of a spine by the right that has boxed the lions into a corner and there is only two outcomes. Either the Right capitulates or they come out swinging.

    My bet is they come out swinging. The left is counting on the police and the military to stop 70 million angry protestors. When there are perhaps 500,000 cops and police that are not deployed elsewhere.

    The left wants this. This will be the end of the Republic and certainly the constitution. Recent polling has the LEFT at 45 percent want to secede from the Union while 40 percent of the right wish to do so.

    I suspect that number is over 50 for both groups now.

    But the left does not care. They are winning. It is 50-0 and they have the starters still in the game. They have in mind of crushing the GOP and instead they are only filling them with a terrible resolve.

    Just like there is no way you can crush the SJW’s of the left. They are filled with hate and vitriol that cannot be removed until every once of retribution is exacted.

  4. Est1950 says:

    Parlor has been banned from the APP stores of Apple and Google. Does anyone know that an Apple Factory in China just recently was Destroyed by the workers because APPLE PAYS THEM SEVEN (7) DOLLARS A MONTH TO BUILD PHONES??

    Anyone know this? Yet this same APPLE has the power to destroy Free Speech in America. Google who refuses to work with the US military but instead sucks the CHINESE MILITARY DICK for profit removed this APP from their store as well.

    Two companies in BED with COMMUNIST CHINA are dictating who has free speech in America. This is why many are beginning to see that the constitution no longer exists in America.

    Once Trump Lost the election the EU signed a deal with CHINA going back to the way things were. You know. Letting China steal technology with impunity. Using patented work and not paying a dime. Etc. Etc. Threatening people all around the globe. Dictating internal politics in order to get their products from China.

  5. Est1950 says:

    Lastly for today I am sure you will all be glad to hear this one.

    The left is putting conservatives on NO FLY LISTS and classifying them as Domestic Terrorists.

    Actual conservative Journalists are now classified as Terrorists and are on a No fly list.

    The destruction of personal freedoms, the freedom of speech is happening right now.

    Why would they be doing this?

    It is clear the left wants that final confrontation which can put the right into concentration camps. Literally. Chairman Mao would be proud of America. What is happening today is exactly what happened during the Cultural Revolution of the 60’s and 70’s under Mao.

    The left is goading the right into a fight. An actual fight. They want it. They demand it. However they expect someone else to fight it for them.

    No fly lists for Americans who worked for Trump. Can you actually believe this is happening in America? Mao would be proud indeed.

  6. Hairy says:

    So 1950
    What are you going to do about it ?tenember all the talk about FENA camps when Obama was POTUS ? How bondervstives we’re going to jailed then?
    The fact is you have never done anything and you won’t ever do anything other than post
    You aren’t a fighter you are a talker

  7. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    twitter is a private company. Putin is the head of Russia. See the difference, Mr. Navalny? While we appreciate you brave opposition to Putin, America is a nation of laws not of a tyrant.

    It’s perfectly appropriate to criticize twitter for their arbitrary decisions. After all, this is America.

    Private companies are not obligated to serve the purposes of the US government. Many on the American right now advocate that social media companies be nationalized by the government, companies such as twitter, facebook, instagram and Youtube. This would eventually apply to cable news, newspapers, talk radio etc.

    How can you trust Mr. Navalny? He also said, 7. Those who denied COVID-19 exist freely and communicate on Twitter. Their words have cost thousands of lives.

    and

    2. Of course, during his time in the office, Trump has been writing and saying very irresponsible things. And paid for it by not getting re-elected for a second term.
    3. The election is a straightforward and competitive process. You can participate in it, you can appeal against the results, they’re being monitored by millions of people.

    Mr Navalny implies that Trump lost the election and that trump’s Covid lies cost thousands of American lives.

    Why do you support his desire to nationalize American media.

    • Dana says:

      The esteemed Mr Dowd wrote:

      Private companies are not obligated to serve the purposes of the US government.

      You’ve obviously never heard of privately owned public utilities!

      The federal government declared many private companies to be “public accommodation” back in the 1960s, to subject them to federal civil rights laws. A mom-and-pop diner in tiny Beattyville Kentucky cannot discriminate against Negroes who come in and want food.

      President Trump was sued because he sometimes used his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account to note government operations and he blocked someone; that plaintiff claimed that he was being denied access to government information, and he won.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        My apologies, I didn’t know conservative traitors were a protected class.

        By all means, elect politicians who will nationalize private businesses.

        I have yet to hear any of the traitors condemn Wednesday’s attack on America. Instead we hear only excuses that BLM made us do it and whatabout those Negroes in Portland and Seattle and Kenosha.

        White, right-wing traitors, including white supremacists, neoNazis, QAnoners have used by Donald Trump and his family of miscreants into thinking Trump’s loss could be reversed by riots. How did that work out? You’ve alienated millions of potential supporters. The nation that unelected Trump now despise him. “Hang Mike Pence!” you and Trump were screaming.

        We understand how angry you are. Georgia just elected one Jewish and one Black Senator. America just elected a Democratic President and a liberal female, Asian-Black-American Vice President. You’re afraid your privileged white guy dominance in America is fading (it is), so you are fighting back in the only way you know how – ultra-violence.

        What do you and Edward Sibley D plan to do next?

        You cowardly traitors have poked the bear.

  8. Jl says:

    Remember, as the left tells us, violence is bad (but only Jan. 6th and after). https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/slate_pro-violent_protests_01-10-2021.jpg

  9. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Democracy is the greatest threat to white supremacy.

  10. david7134 says:

    I have never understood how Germans isolated and killed Jews. But now we have history repeating itself and get an understanding as to how the process came to be.

    If we compared the peaceful demonstration to a stolen election by congregating at the Capitol to the fire at the Reichstag, we see that a group is blamed then vilified and their freedoms taken, their voice removed and violence justified and encouraged. In this case it is the conservatives being vilified by the Dems/ liberals/ communist.

    Jew is going crazy calling all of us names and trying to justify any harm that might occur.

    We know beyond a doubt that the election was stolen, we know that a group of frustrated patriots simply occupied the Capitol with the encouragement of the Capitol police, then the reaction of Nancy and group has been beyond anything I have seen. We have no common cause with the liberals. They desire a fate for us similar to the Jews before WW2. There is only one course of action left and that is division of the Union.

    • Elwood P. Dowd says:

      No. The election was not stolen. The attack on the Capitol Building was not peaceful. Stop believing and retelling these lies. Lies and conspiracies are at the core of the nuCon movement. Trump made you believe that the election was stolen and made you commit atrocities in his name.

      The attack was more like Kristallnacht.

      Although many of the identified traitors will be prosecuted, those insurrectionists who lay down their swords and commit no further traitorous acts will be forgiven.

      If your plan is to continue trying to overthrow America you’re going to run into problems but it will not include sending boxcar loads of NuCons to Death Camps.

      We’ve already suggested that you and yours invade Venezuela and establish a fascist nation. Of course your NuAmerica will fail bigly.

      • david7134 says:

        Sorry Jeff the election was stolen. You don’t have a shred of proof it was not. The hostile attitude of Nancy and group confirms a policy of discrimination and harm to conservatives. Why would I desire to go the South America? I live here and will remove Yankees like yourself, much like the Irish did the English.

        As to the Capitol, they should have burned it to the ground. The US is dead thanks to folks like you.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          Sorry devoid the election wasn’t stolen. You don’t have a shred of proof it was.

          No court, not even the Supreme Court, the DHS, DOJ, FBI or Attorney General could find any evidence the election was stolen. So since there is no evidence it was stolen, it’s obvious that Trump made it all up and it’s more obvious that right-wing extremists like you bought the lie, hook, line and sinker.

          Good luck eliminating Americans you don’t like and burning down the US Capitol, you traitor. Frankly I don’t care what happens to you traitors as I don’t consider you Americans.

          You hate America since your tyrant wannabe was deposed. Your coup failed.

          You hate the idea that Joseph Biden will be President and Kamala Harris Vice-President at noon Jan 20 and the traitor Donald Trump will not.

          Democracy is the greatest threat to white supremacy. That’s why you traitors hate democracy.

          • david7134 says:

            I am afraid that as usual you are wrong and lying. Now, as to your idiotic claims of white supremacy. Do you mean that the people here are white and that we are superior to you? That would make sense.

          • Elwood P. Dowd says:

            devo, Why hasn’t the President of the United States, arguably the most powerful person in the world, with the DHS and FBI at his disposal, been unable to find any evidence?

            If you believe that Trump won the election you’re either brainwashed or deranged.

            If you’re worried about lies look no further than Donald Trump and Ruby Giuliani.

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