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The social media giant banned Mr Trump from its platform in January following riots by his supporters on the Capitol building in Washington.

Facebook spokesperson confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday, that they removed a video featuring former President Donald Trump, citing the former president’s indefinite suspension from the platform and those who support him.

Lara Trump, a new Fox News contributor, posted a video of herself interviewing Mr Trump on a range of issues. However, Facebook and Instagram removed the video.

She had previously taken to Instagram to tease the interview, which would take place on her “The Right View” podcast. She also teased the interview on Twitter:

Lara, who is married to Trump’s son Eric, was told in a bizarre email from a Facebook employee that the former commander-in-chief’s “voice” is not allowed to be posted on either platform.

“We are reaching out to let you that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook page that featured President Trump speaking,” the message read.

According to CNBC, “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 added. A Facebook employee confirmed the authenticity of the email.

She later posted a screenshot of an email she received from Facebook warning her of the ban.

 

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Nevertheless, Texas governor Greg Abbott said Facebook and Twitter are leading a “dangerous movement to silence conservative voices and religious freedoms” as he backed a state bill Friday that would allow any Texans temporarily removed or banned from Facebook or Twitter to sue the social media companies in order to get reinstated.

The bill, introduced last March by Republican state senators, is the latest of more than a dozen efforts that have emerged around the country in recent weeks, following the banning of former President Donald Trump from the two social media platforms in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot.

At a press conference in Tyler, Texas, Abbott argued that the social media companies have the obligation under a 1996 federal law known as Section 230 to keep their platforms open, and that violations of that law by Facebook, Twitter and others give Texas the right to impose its own state-specific regulations.

“Big tech’s efforts to censor conservative viewpoints is un-American, and we are not going to allow it in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said.

According to Texas state Senator Bryan Hughes, who sponsored the bill and spoke along with Abbott, “We don’t allow a cable company to cut off your television because of your religion,” Hughes offered as a justification for the proposed law.

Sources: cbsnews.com, bbc.com, westernjournal.com

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