The owner of a small northern Idaho internet service provider has been fielding phone calls far and wide Monday. Not just from customers.
Bret Fink, owner of Your T1 Wifi in Priest River told CBS2 on Monday that he’s been getting calls from media outlets across the country after headlines began circulating that his company is blocking Facebook and Twitter due to claims of censorship. Both social media outlets have suspended President Donald Trump’s accounts after the violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., last week.
He says the New York Times and Newsweek have reached out.
Fink says about 175 customers (though there’s likely more) have requested his company block the social media sites from their personal computers and devices. Customers who want to keep Facebook and Twitter don’t need to do anything as they’ll continue to have access. His phone has received about 600 calls on Monday.
So, if they want it done, the company will block the sites. If not, they won’t do a thing.
“We’re just doing what our customers want,” Fink said. “I don’t know why it’s going national.”
Fink’s company provides internet service in parts of northern Idaho and Spokane. “They (the customers) have freedom of choice,” he said.