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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday night decried big tech “censorship” after an interview he gave to his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, was taken off Facebook.
“I did a very nice interview with Lara,” the former commander-in-chief said in a separate interview on cable news channel Real America’s Voice. “Facebook took it off and it’s disgraceful,” he told host Dr. Gina Loudon.
The interview was for Lara Trump’s podcast and published Tuesday. When she posted the footage to Facebook and sister-company Instagram, it was removed.
“What’s happening now in this country, nobody ever thought would happen,” the former president said in Thursday’s interview. “It is total censorship.”
“You don’t have free speech in this country. But you know what happens, they take it off and now people talk about it more,” he said.
Facebook was among several social-media outlets that suspended the then-president’s accounts in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.
In an email from Facebook that Lara Trump shared online, an employee for the social-media titan justified the video’s removal by saying that it “featured President Trump speaking.”
“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email continued.
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