Trump ban by social media companies came after years of accommodation for world leaders who pushed the line

When Facebook and Twitter cracked down on President Trump in the wake of the riot that breached the U.S. Capitol last week, the world took notice.

Trump’s exile from social media, a resounding act of enforcement after a long history of decisions that permitted world leaders to use hateful and charged language, put tech companies in new territory.

Silicon Valley companies’ newfound willingness to suspend a president may place them under renewed pressure to take down inflammatory posts or remove the accounts of world leaders who push boundaries the companies themselves have set.

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