Two of the most common reasons the platforms use when censoring or banning people is that they spread “hate” or condone or advocate “violence.” But when you look at a list of banned/censored “who’s who,” what you mostly find is a collection of Right-leaning, Libertarian-minded, Trump supporters and conservative pundits.
And when you see who Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the other social media behemoths allow to remain on their platforms, you begin to realize that yes, the banning and the censoring really does have a political undertone.
For instance, just last week Facebook deplatformed Alex Jones, Infowars, Mike Adams the Health Ranger, Paul Joseph Watson, and Laura Loomer — all conservatives. For good measure, Facebook also banned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a serial anti-Semite who the Democrat-friendly establishment media labeled “Right-wing.”
Twitter, meanwhile, banned an account that was used to actually track violence committed against POTUS Trump supporters.
And yet, people who claim to be associated with Antifa, a Left-wing violence broker once considered a potential terrorist organization by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, remain on these platforms, no questions asked, no concerns voiced, The Gateway Pundit reported.
In fact, according to monitoring site Far Left Watch, Antifa-linked accounts have been responsible for doxxing Immigration and Customs Enforcemen t officials and their family members (one of the main reasons behind revealing personal information about someone, including their address, is so they can be targeted for harassment and potential violence).
Far Left Watch noted in October:
In the lead up to the midterms, social media giants like Google, Twitter, and Facebook have rolled out waves of censorship designed to minimize the influence of conservative activists online. Despite the consistent suspension of conservative and right-wing accounts, Twitter has taken no action against hundreds of violent far-left accounts that use the platform to recruit new members and organize criminal activity.
Nothing has changed since then. The monitor site tweeted this week that “Antifa can freely use social media platforms to encourage their followers to study Communism and take up arms against ‘the right.’”
Meanwhile, ‘the right’ can’t even say ‘learn to code’ without being banned. Why is that?”
So, Americans can encourage others to study or support a competing political ideology — Communism — because that’s a form of protected political speech and expression. However, when you combine the message with words and images suggesting violence and even murder — a hooded, armed figure with the words “Defend your class” and “Fight the right,” that’s a different story.
That is a blatant call to violence, and anyone who says otherwise and claims to have anything close to a functional IQ is being intentionally misleading.
If this isn’t enough evidence a) that the social media behemoths are selectively censoring mostly conservatives and Right-leaning voices; and b) that some federal agency somewhere should step in and force them to behave in a fair manner — then such evidence will never exist.
The Right is in a pickle here in that conservatives traditionally are small-government types who rarely favor government intervention outside of government’s traditional roles as enumerated in the Constitution.
But clearly, working to undermine one political point of view while claiming to be treating all users the same is not just a willful misrepresentation, it is giving aid and ‘in-kind’ donations to certain political candidates and their supporters.
It’s time for big tech to face the censorship music. Is it coming? Attorney General William Barr said earlier this year during his confirmation process he was interested in having “antitrust” at the Justice Department look at the power of the tech giants.