News roundup: Twitter ditches Trump, Intel gets a new CEO, and Parler gets binned

A round up of this week's technology news including a permanent Twitter ban for Donald Trump, more chip consolidation, and a new line-up of Samsung phones.


Trump’s social media woes continue

Following on from last week’s social media bans on US president Donald Trump as a result of the riots in Washington D.C. , one of the biggest stories this week has been Twitter’s decision to permanently ban the outgoing commander in-chief. The social media company had previously suspended the president for 12 hours before allowing him back, but then decided to drag him off again in a more permanent fashion.

Addressing the decision, Twitter said, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

"In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action."

Later this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said banning Trump was the right thing to do, although he has expressed concern over the "extraordinary and untenable circumstances" surrounding the suspensions, while taking some responsibility for failing to foster “healthy conversation”. In a Twitter thread, he said he feels no pride in instituting the ban, describing it as having set “a precedent I feel is dangerous” in regards to “the power an individual or corporation has over part of the global public conversation.”

Following Twitter’s decision, YouTube also decided it would suspend Trump’s channel on the platform, preventing it from uploading new videos or live-streaming content for a minimum of seven days. The Google-owned platform says the channel had broken its rules over the incitement of violence, although it didn’t go as far as to hide the whole feed.

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