Mike Lindell’s new social media site, Frank, is all about free speech — within certain parameters. He wants to combat social networks like Facebook and Twitter, that have kicked users off for violating their terms of service. However, introducing Frank, Lindell already has a long list of types of speech that will be banned.
In the clip below, Lindell described Frank as a “Judeo-Christian platform” and suggests that he has “found” in the Constitution exactly what the Founding Fathers intended to define as free speech, and what was to be excluded.
Mike Lindell announces that his new "free speech" social media platform will ban swearing and taking the Lord's name in vain because it's a "Judeo-Christian platform." https://t.co/cJ2o4Yyu8e pic.twitter.com/Pm4pb7IXTX
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“Here’s why. We have a thing we found in the Constitution, and our Founding Fathers, that defines what free speech is,” Lindell asserts, rambling off-topic to mention that the Ten Commandments are on display at the Supreme Court, before listing the specific words and terms that will be off-limits on his site.
“You’re not going to have porn up there…you’re not gonna be able to swear. There’ll be four words for sure you can’t say. You can’t say the c-word, the n-word, the f-word, and you can’t use God’s name in vain. What a concept, right?”
Lindell continues to answer questions about moderating Frank with blanket assurances that certain behavior or words will just not happen, without actually addressing how he’ll prevent such content. He recently promised that plotting of illegal activity or violence — such as the plans to attack the Capitol, which were discussed on social media before the event — won’t happen on his site, and as a reason why, could only express that Frank doesn’t support Black Lives Matter.
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