Nov 5, 2017
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Trump Twitter takedown: Why it’s a big deal


President Trump’s Twitter account got taken down by a rogue Twitter employee, and that’s a big deal.

Here’s why you should care: A handful of tech companies have power and influence as editorial gatekeepers and amplifiers. That power is growing and, increasingly, it’s coming under scrutiny.

And then, while we’re asking if tech companies have too much power, an employee at one of those companies was able to take the President’s Twitter microphone away.

Trump’s account only disappeared for 11 minutes. But it was a telling moment and has become part of the conversation about tech companies and their uncomfortable (and seemingly uncontrollable) role as gatekeepers.

Some lawmakers — not to mention the public — believe the companies aren’t always just neutral platforms, and that they are not transparent enough about how they work and the decisions they make.

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