Why Big Tech, U.S. Conservatives Battle Over Speech

When Twitter banned President Donald Trump after a mob he had encouraged stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the White House fell into an unusual social media silence. But the company’s move, followed by actions by Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon to cut off individual users or social media platforms they saw as inciting violence, turned a simmering feud with conservatives into a full-throated battle. Trump supporters complained their free speech rights were being limited, but many liberals ap