'And they say Trump is a Nazi'! WaPo opinion piece argues that social media platforms 'must muzzle Trump' until after the election

Donald Trump’s use of social media doesn’t always serve him well. And that’s being generous. So, what can we do to fix it? Well, Peter Greenberger, a political consultant who launched Google and Twitter’s political advertising teams, has an idea: Perspective: I ran political advertising for Twitter. It’s time for platforms to mute Trump. https://t.co/JdrxJNbWzK — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 19, 2020 Greenberger writes: But even at the risk of infringing on the principle of free speech and decreasing engagement for a period — which is to say, hurting their own bottom lines — Twitter and Facebook must muzzle Trump as the election nears. … What will he tweet as we get closer to Election Day? Or as the returns start coming in? Is there any doubt he will question results, claim victory unilaterally or inflame his supporters to take to the streets? The stakes are too high to wait to find out. … This is not unprecedented. Some nations impose a “silence period” before elections, during which campaigns pause all television and digital advertising (outside of get-out-the-vote activities). India, a nation with a sad history of violence between people and parties, uses this cooling-off period to allow voters to contemplate their decision without the cacophony of campaign communications. In this case, however, the cooling-off period is necessary for the one candidate whose apparent sole motivation is to sow chaos and confusion around the ongoing election. Trump has already told his most dangerous supporters to “stand by.” Twitter and Facebook shouldn’t allow him to use their platforms to give violent actors the green light. Trump might say stuff I don’t like, so just to be safe, social media platforms should shut him down. “Even at the risk of infringing on the principle of free speech,” the same principle that gives Peter Greenberger to use a national newspaper to argue against free speech. Lol these people are insane https://t.co/3WPQZ3Vy0z — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 19, 2020 Last week: “You’re a conspiracy theorist. No one is trying to censor the right." This week: https://t.co/8uKRWvfae0 — J.P. Freire (@JPFreire) October 19, 2020 Censorship is never the solution. — Not Rian's Luke 🌐 (@_LukeCSkywalker) October 19, 2020 I am so old, I remember when the response to speech we don't like was more speech. I am so old, I remember when real newspapers advocated for free speech. Today they advocate for totalitarian style censorship. Wow. — Edw. Mitchell MS MBA (@coldstreams) October 19, 2020 What a long, strange trip it’s been. Limiting free speech. And they say Trump is a Nazi. https://t.co/IMdt7IRpFT — CJ (@CJ19158695) October 19, 2020 This kinda just proves Trump's complaints, no? https://t.co/J9DfudzgKr — Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) October 19, 2020 Maybe that’s what speech cops like Peter Greenberger are afraid of. dEmOcRaCy DiEs In DaRkNeSs https://t.co/pmO4jIVWmi — Brad Polumbo 🇺🇸⚽️ 🏳️‍🌈 (@brad_polumbo) October 19, 2020 Perspective: "We need to be the Darkness that Democracy will die in!!!!" — JamminJar (@JarJammin) October 19, 2020 Pretty sure this is the darkness where democracy dies. https://t.co/dBZu68nvPM — Chris Barron 🇺🇸 (@ChrisRBarron) October 19, 2020 We already knew that this is what they want and have done to one degree or another. But to say the quiet part out loud is revealing that they don't care who knows anymore. https://t.co/aUAnBDf1gz — Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) October 19, 2020 recent stories

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Hot take: Just because Hunter Biden's laptop isn't part of 'THE Russian disinformation campaign' doesn't mean Russia's not behind everything

In case you missed it, DNI John Ratcliffe said this morning that there’s “no intelligence” to support the theory that the Hunter Biden laptop cluster is “part of some Russian disinformation campaign.” DNI Ratcliffe says there is "no intelligence" that the Hunter Biden laptop is part of a Russian disinformation campaign, as Schiff and others have suggested. "If it was, I would know that, and it's not." https://t.co/vG3jIk5gMK — Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 19, 2020 But Washington Post columnist and CNN political analyst Josh Rogin is reading between the lines to give us the “more accurate” framing: More accurate would be to say there's no intel the laptop is part of THE Russian disinformation campaign. But plenty of intelligence there is a Russian disinformation campaign: https://t.co/8EpgZicBLF https://t.co/I6LNhc9aVW — Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 19, 2020 Josh is nothing if not tenacious. What? https://t.co/6DVgoEP5vG — Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 19, 2020 RUSSIA IS BEHIND ALL OF IT. pic.twitter.com/A74uTGVAmz — 𝐃𝐚𝐧 𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐫 (@dgoldwas) October 19, 2020 You must get paid every time you tweet "Russia". It's white noise now fella. — Dennis H (@dentrev1) October 19, 2020 Jesus…. You are part of the problem man. — judu sumu (@judusumu) October 19, 2020 Go home; you're drunk, Josh. — The Middle (@themiddlepartss) October 19, 2020 recent stories

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We the government? WaPo, Dems blast GOP governors for promoting 'personal responsibility' to combat coronavirus

While there are some measures that government entities can take to help slow the spread of a pandemic, there is a limit to what they can do. At some point, personal responsibility becomes the order of the day. As coronavirus cases rise, red-state governors resist measures to slow the spread, preach "personal responsibility" https://t.co/wyxuoYFT2U — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 18, 2020 North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says it’s “not a job for government”: To weather it, he said at a news conference last week, people would need to keep their distance, wear masks and avoid gatherings. But the one thing North Dakota did not need were legal limits on reckless behavior. Whether the Left likes it or not, personal responsibility is ultimately where society begins and ends. There is (thankfully) no government that can do everything. "Yet even as health authorities in small cities and rural towns plead for help in tamping down deadly outbreaks, many Republican governors are resisting new measures to stop the spread. Some are even loosening rules already on the books." https://t.co/eYUTUOn55r — Democratic Governors (@DemGovs) October 18, 2020 “We the people” can’t really work unless there is some level of trust. Instead, they preach the mantra of “personal responsibility,” insisting that government interventions such as mask mandates or business restrictions are either unnecessary or harmful, and that people should be trusted to make their own decisions about how to keep themselves — and each other — healthy. Please take care of yourself and those around you❤Thanks! https://t.co/B2iAhseyg7 — E.A.Alizadeh (@Ejazalizadeh1) October 18, 2020 Democrats have long championed the idea of collectivism when approaching issues. What’s more collective than having people take responsibility for themselves and others? It stands in sharp contrast to a few bureaucrats attempting to solve problems through more rules and regulations. *** recent stories

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