Fandango’s Provocative Question (20 January 2021)

Today’s Provocative Question, Fandango asks:

Do you think Donald Trump should be allowed back on social media now that he’s no longer in office?

By default, I think people should be able to use these platforms, if they choose to.

Incitement to violence seems like a good reason to ban somebody from these platforms. That might cover Trump, but if I governed a social media platform’s policy, I’d want to be happy that the conviction was objective, and not politically-motivated. Right now, I’d have severe doubts on those grounds but I’d withold judgement until I’d seen what happens during the impeachment process.

But banning somebody just because they talk crap? Even if you might describe it as lies? Sorry, but as soon as you say you support free speech you’re committed to tolerating views other than your own. Last week Larry commented on my post and mentioned critical thinking, and I think that’s the problem – not that he spouts all this rubbish, but that people (in the USA and abroad) are too dumb to realise it is rubbish.

Masterchef?

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 20 January 2021, pundit.

Through the heats, there was never a waiver,
Then was tasked to make trifle to savour,
All the pundits were shocked,
When he added beef stock.
He said, “that won’t half give it some flavour!”