Adam Ford Sells 'Babylon Bee,' Takes on the Facebook-Google Mafia's 'Duopoly on Information'
On Tuesday, Christian comic writer Adam Ford announced he had sold the popular satire website "The Babylon Bee" for a variety of reasons. While Ford said he sold the Bee for personal as well as ideological reasons, his statement emphasized his battle against the "tyranny over information" stemming from the centralization of the Internet around sites like Facebook and Google.
Ford noted that the Babylon Bee succeeded largely thanks to social media and Facebook in particular, "but the power that Facebook held over me as a content creator began to make me very uneasy," he said in an extended statement. The Christian comic artist likened Facebook to a mob boss.
"To become a successful content creator you have to use Facebook, and using Facebook, especially if you’re a Christian and/or a conservative, is sort of like going to a mafia loan shark for $10,000," the comic artist wrote. "They’re happy to give it to you, just like Facebook will gladly give you the opportunity for your content to go viral on their massive platform. But then, if it does, they own you. You have to conform to their rules and their worldview, and jump through every hoop they put in front of you, if you want to remain a successful content creator."
Ominously, Ford added, "Facebook has the power to kill publishers, and they do, not only based on publishing techniques, but based on worldview."
He warned that "Facebook and Google have a practical duopoly on information."
The liberal and secular bias of tech companies has revealed itself time and again: James Damore's lawsuit recalled Google hosting events supporting weird sexual identities, a survey of Silicon Valley employees found conservatives terrified to express themselves, Wikipedia was named "censor of the year" for twisting the truth on intelligent design, and various tech companies have blacklisted conservatives following the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)'s slanted "hate group" list.
Discussing this bias, Ford declared, "I think the centralization of the internet is one of the greatest threats to the spread of the gospel, and the well-being of mankind, that we face today. Maybe the single biggest threat. It is tyranny over information."
"It's a handful of people who are hostile to the Christian message and the plight of the individual deciding what's good and bad, true and false. It's never been seen before on this scale," the Christian comic artist wrote.
"I have come to a place where I no longer feel morally OK being a part of the Facebook and Google machine, and because of their surveillance-capitalism business models, just existing on their platforms makes me a paying customer," Ford explained.