Fandango’s Provocative Question #105

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Today’s provocative question is about Donald Trump and social media. Throughout his time in office, Trump has used social media to speak directly to Americans, to announce policies, to attack his critics, to lie, and to foster divisiveness. Since he lost the election in November, Trump has used Twitter and other social media sites to push unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and a “rigged” election, to claim he won the election by a landslide, to rant about how the election was stolen, to spread misinformation (i.e., lies), and to incite violence.After the Trump-inspired insurrection and deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol building two weeks ago by his army of MAGA-maniacs, social media sites Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a handful of other sites either permanently or temporarily suspended Donald Trump from posting on their sites.

Today, the day of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Donald Trump will officially no longer be President of the United States. So my provocative question to you is this:

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

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29 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #105

  1. pensitivity101 January 20, 2021 / 3:05 am

    I’m in the UK, but believe they should have closed and blocked his accounts then taken away his phone and means of using social media in the beginning. Once he’s out of office, heaven only knows what damage he could do. My opinion of course, but then I’m on no social media other than WP anyway, neither do I want to be actually. Hope everything goes OK today.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Fandango January 20, 2021 / 12:58 pm

      Like you, I’m not on other social media sites, but I agree that, even as a private citizen, he can continue to use and abuse social media for divisive, disruptive, and potentially dangerous purposes.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. bushboy January 20, 2021 / 4:18 am

    Sure, let him back on. You can’t use social media while you’re in jail can you?

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Sadje January 20, 2021 / 5:07 am

    Not at all! He should be banned for life. And his family too.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Fandango January 20, 2021 / 1:12 pm

      I am glad and relieved that he is gone.

      Like

  4. Marleen January 20, 2021 / 1:27 pm

    Do you think Donald Trump should …

    He has nothing worthwhile to offer.

    But then there’s the rest of it.

    The question is about allowing.

    Who would be doing the allowing?

    Since social media is privately owned…

    it is not a matter of the first amendment.

    That is, unless we were to readjust our view.

    I also do wonder, though, why our government
    develops things, then puts them into private hands.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kajmeister January 20, 2021 / 1:49 pm

    Most humbly and fervently, I submit that the most important response is we can all stop talking about him or caring about what he does or does not do. It is like Glinda says to the Witch of the West–Begone! You have no power here! Whether he gets back on social media or not, he will not command the power he had and, even less so, if we no longer care.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango January 20, 2021 / 3:43 pm

      I agree that we should ignore him, but will we? Can we?

      Like

  6. slmret January 20, 2021 / 2:43 pm

    In a word, NO!
    As a friend told me, you have the right to say what you want (except crying fire in a theater), or to write a book, but publishers don’t have to print it –if publishers do print it, stores are not required to sell it, nor are you required to buy it. Considering the social media are private sites, they have the set rules for their use, and to deny use to those who violate those rules.

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  7. Irene January 21, 2021 / 8:21 am

    When you sign up with any of those social media companies, you agree to abide by their rules, whether arbitrary or not, and I believe they even state that it is at the company’s discretion to ban or remove any content/account they consider harmful, so, I guess it is up to them. Many have pointed out the hypocrisy of these companies taking action only now that the Republican party has lost the Senate majority …

    Liked by 2 people

  8. leigha66 January 22, 2021 / 9:43 am

    He broke their rules and should be banned from the site. Anybody else that does so is.

    Liked by 3 people

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