Conspiracy lover Matt Le Tissier asks why Twitter banned Trump but not Taliban

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Conspiracy mad Matt Le Tissier has questioned why Twitter banned Donald Trump but not the Taliban.

The ex-Southampton and England footballer, 53, linked up with former politician Nigel Farage, 58 on a live stream this week to discuss their shared interests – "Covid, Trump, vaccines, Brexit, free speech etc", as outlined in the video's description.

The disgraced 45th President of the United States didn't take long to come up in conversation, with Le Tissier beginning on Gettr: "We need platforms where you can speak freely about things and of course, with all the caveats that that bring. Because nobody wants to be given platforms to violent extremists and all that kind of stuff which brings me to my first point actually.

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"It amazes me that Twitter was allowing the Taliban to still be on the platform whilst simultaneously banning Donald Trump. How does that square with any real life expectations of people from social media point of view? Surely that’s the craziest thing you’ve ever heard isn’t it?"

Trump was permanently suspended by the blue bird app in January 2021 while he was still in the White House office after protestors stormed the Capitol Building to dispute his election loss to Joe Biden. His friend Farage suggested he knew the real answer to Le Tissier's question, though.

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He replied: "Well look, the truth of it is that 2016 Brexit and then that rolling revolution into the Trump win in November of that year, none of that would have happened, none of that could have happened, without social media platforms.

"For me it was YouTube. It was my speeches in the European Parliament being studiously ignored by the BBC, the Times of London, and everybody else. Suddenly, in 2007/8 onwards, YouTube starts to get my speeches out there, I start to build a national, or international I suppose in some ways, profile.

"And the same with Trump. Trump dominated Twitter, finished up with 80million followers on the platform and the first Trump tweet of the day would dominate the day’s debate. He was leading the agenda.

"So these west coast billionaires in the USA suddenly realised the very platforms that they’d created had led to political victories for people they couldn’t stand and something had to be done."

Twitter said it "permanently suspended" Trump's account "due to the risk of further incitement of violence". It said the decision was made after close review of tweets from the account, in the wake of the US Capitol riots, which the Republican politician was accused of inciting by Democrats.

Trump called the people who stormed the US Capitol "patriots" after the incident, in which four civilians and a police officer died. Twitter said tweets he subsequently sent were "in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy".

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