Shapes of things

With the Democratic takeover of the executive and legislative branches a few days away, Big Tech has swung into action in a big way to suppress conservative speech. The treatment of President Trump is of course the leading indicator. Here is a compilation of the developing stories as of this morning:

• Ebony Bowden, New York Post: “Trump permanently suspended from Twitter account”

• Salvador Rodriguez, CNBC: “Trump tweets from POTUS handle account, says looking ‘at the possibilities of building out our own platform’”

Key points:

President Donald Trump continued tweeting Friday evening using the government-owned @POTUS account, despite having his @realDonaldTrump account permanently suspended by Twitter earlier in the day.

The tweets were removed from the service almost immediately. It’s unclear what steps Twitter took in the handling of the @POTUS account.

• Kelly Tyko, USA Today: “President Trump blocked from posting to Facebook, Instagram ‘indefinitely,’ at least through end of term”

• Ahiza Garcia-Hodges, MSN: “Google Play suspends Parler until app develops moderation policies”

• Elizabeth Culliford & Stephen Nellis, Reuters: “Google suspends Parler social networking app from Play Store; Apple gives 24-hour warning”

• Rachel Sharp, Daily Mail: “Steve Bannon’s podcast is REMOVED from YouTube hours after Rudy Giuliani’s appearance where he blamed deadly MAGA riot at Congress on the DEMOCRATS for ‘censoring and suppressing’ Trump supporters”

• Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner: “Conservative #WalkAway Facebook page removed along with hundreds of thousands of videos and followers”

• Nick Arama, RedState: “The Purge Is Here: Twitter Banning Influencers on Right, Removing Followers”

• Andrea Widburg, American Thinker, “The tech monopolies have swung into action”

• Tucker Carlson, FOX News: “From Twitter to CNN, the left is coming for your speech”

• Caroline Glick, “Trump rings in the era of ‘total political correctness'”

• Brendan O’Neill, Spiked: “The woke purge”

And a blast from the past for mood music:

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