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Twitter disorients free-market conservatives | READER COMMENTARY

The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on Jan. 8, 2021, in San Anselmo, California. (Tribune News Service).
The suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on a laptop screen on Jan. 8, 2021, in San Anselmo, California. (Tribune News Service). (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America/TNS)

For years, conservative pundits have claimed the free market should decide everything for our society: health care availability, prescription drug prices, even the levels of pollution that can be pumped into our air and water. Now Twitter, Facebook, and other social media have banned Donald Trump from their midst. Many conservatives are crying, “censorship!” (”Greg Bensinger: Now social media grows a conscience?” Jan. 14).

But it’s not censorship because that can only be imposed by government bodies or public utilities. Twitter and the others are private corporations and have concluded that it is in their companies’ best interest to stop associating with Mr. Trump. The conservative pundits got what they wanted — the free market has ruled!

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Steve English, Clarksville

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