This weekend, Facebook and Twitter banned the current President of the United States from their platforms.
Think about that: two private companies effectively cut the pipeline between a
world leader President and hundreds of millions of people.
That begs the question: who is more powerful here? Who is really running the country?
If the most powerful person in the world can be silenced, do they really deserve that title?
Maybe, maybe not. But the move this weekend can't be understated— Jack and The Zuck flexed their muscles and put on a display of power for the world to see: it doesn't matter who you are, we're the captains of our own ships.
And with such a huge audience on those platforms, it effectively acts as a new form of checks and balances. An arbiter of truth and reason. A new form of oversight with the very important ability to punish.
And yes, this punishment really hurts those in power. Like I've said before, misery loves an audience. Taking away a leader's microphone cuts them at the jugular.
We're entering a new stage of corporate governance. A world where private companies wield an immense amount of power and leverage.
What's happening? The little blue bird really spread its wings this weekend. What started as a small social network app now shapes the future of the world's most powerful seat.