Big Tech has been censoring conservatives all over social media for a very long time. YouTube has been rendered useless for most conservative content creators who have given up and gone to other platforms after being demonetized for having “advertiser unfriendly” content. Facebook asks users if they really want to share that conservative article before they can post it or marks it “fake news” like it did to PJM’s Paula Bolyard.
Infowars is in Facebook’s crosshairs next, according to a recent report.
[Facebook’s] vice president of video, Fidji Simo, described Infowars as “atrocious” and admitted the company’s trying to strike a balance between free speech and censorship. In an exchange between Simo and reporters, he described a pop-up will warn users, ‘You might not want to do that,’ if they attempt to share Infowars content that’s been flagged by “fact checkers.”
Whatever Facebook executives may think of Infowars, its fans have a right to see the content they want in a free society. Personally, I find his shtick hilarious. We’re all adults here and we can decide what we want to read or watch without Facebook’s “help.” If I want to hear about globalist vampires and gay frogs, I should be able to, dangit! (Does anyone remember The Globe and Bat Boy? We used to live for that crap back in the ’80s!)
Conservative users on Twitter are shadow banned and consistently lose followers, but now Twitter has gone one step too far, shadow banning members of Congress!
“The Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel, several conservative Republican congressmen, and Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesman no longer appear in the auto-populated drop-down search box on Twitter,” Vice News reported.
Twitter claims this is part of its crackdown on “troll-like behavior.” Really? Congressmen are “trolling”? And even if they were, has Twitter corporate ever been on Twitter? Trolling is everyone’s favorite activity there.
It was noticed that Democrat accounts were not similarly shadow banned.
“Democrats are not being ‘shadow banned’ in the same way,” Vice News found. “McDaniel’s counterpart, Democratic Party chair Tom Perez, and liberal members of Congress — including Reps. Maxine Waters, Joe Kennedy III, Keith Ellison, and Mark Pocan — all continue to appear in drop-down search results. Not a single member of the 78-person Progressive Caucus faces the same situation in Twitter’s search.”
Finally, the president has taken notice.
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
And Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) isn’t taking it lying down. He is considering filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 26, 2018
Gaetz’s claim that Twitter may be helping his political opponents is an interesting one. Who could argue that his political opponents would have an advantage if their social media accounts are seen, while his are buried?
“I am contemplating a complaint with the FEC, because if my political opponents have better access to the Twitter platform than I do, that’s no different than a private company giving my political opponents access to a billboard or television time or radio time,” Gaetz told The Daily Caller. “That wouldn’t be equal.”
James O’Keefe did an entire undercover sting catching these engineers at the big social media companies admitting that they censor conservatives!
Our undercover videos show Twitter engineers discussing "shadow banning" at length, how it gives them "ultimate control," that they will "ban a way of talking," and how they target your supporters specifically. pic.twitter.com/f5MA2RrPq7
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) July 26, 2018
The word “discriminatory” as used by President Trump is exactly the right word for what’s been going on. Our anti-discrimination laws need to keep up with modern bigots. These days, the left feels free to discriminate at will against conservatives, going so far as to refuse them service in eating establishments!
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
When they aren’t denying service, the left is assaulting conservatives for simply existing. This cannot continue. A strong message should be sent to the tech companies that continue to use their platforms as a weapon against ideologies they find distasteful.
Newsflash to Silicon Valley: No one died and made you the speech police.