(Natural News) Winning an election is easy if you can silence the opposition.
(Article by Luis Miguel republished from TheNewAmerican.com)
The social-media giants led a combined crack down on pro-Trump users and content Monday, with Reddit deleting thousands of communities for “hateful conduct,” including the large Trump-centered r/The Donald subreddit.
Additionally, the live-streaming service Twitch temporarily banned President Donald Trump for comments made during the 2016 election, and right-wing philosopher Stefan Molyneaux was banned from YouTube.
“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a post on the website.
The r/TheDonald boasted a following of thousands. Then-candidate Trump himself even did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) in the community in the lead up to the 2016 election. That same year, Trump digital director Dan Scavino said on Twitter that he monitored the reddit channel “daily.”
Reddit claims the community “refused to meet our most basic expectations” even after being placed on quarantine, in which the subreddit was hidden beneath an extra page requiring users to click through.
“Ultimately, it’s our responsibility to support our communities by taking stronger action against those who try to weaponize parts of Reddit against other people,” added Huffman.
Reddit said many of the 2,000 other banned subreddit were dormant or had few users. Many of the users of the community had already migrated to a pro-Trump website that cloned Reddit’s design but will provide conservatives with an open space for discussion.
On the same day as Reddit’s purge, Twitch placed a temporary ban on the president for “hateful conduct.” The Amazon-owned company said in a statement that politicians must follow the same rules as any other user.
One of the two comments that landed President Trump in hot water with Twitch moderators was from all the way back in 2016. It was his infamous “rapists” comment about violent criminal aliens who come across the border (a statement that the Left endlessly misconstrued as referring to all Mexicans).
The other was a video from a rally in which the president spoke about “tough hombres” committing break-ins.
“Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules,” a Twitch statement read, adding that hateful conduct is considered a zero-tolerance violation.
YouTube on Monday deplatformed a number of channels belonging to individuals or organizations the left-wing media has deemed “white supremacist.” Among them is Canadian political philosopher Stefan Molyneux, who, fittingly, has been a guest on The New American discussing the subject of censorship.
Big Tech companies claim they are nonpartisan and nonbiased, that their purge campaigns are merely a matter of removing “hateful” (a vague word that means whatever they want it to mean) speech. Yet when the victims of censorship are conveniently usually of the right-wing persuasion, only the most naive can still believe that such crackdowns are apolitical.
Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is one of many lawmakers who have begun to speak out against the obvious bias of Big Tech and the one-sided impact it can have on this election. Reacting earlier this month to news that Google had taken action again against two right-of-center websites at the insistence of a British-based Center for Countering Digital Hate, Gosar said:
This appears to be a blatant effort to interfere with our U.S. elections by silencing perceived conservative voices to suppress the vote for President Trump and other conservatives.
Such foreign interference by a shady U.K. group has no business in our domestic politics.
I will be asking Attorney General Barr to add Google to the list of subpoena recipients for the ongoing investigation into election interference, censorship and foreign meddling.
Social media was seen as a major component in the victory of President Trump in 2016. Thus, it’s no surprise that the left-aligned corporations want to prevent constitutionalists from using those platforms.
This comes at a time of immense unrest in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter riots, the social-media purges, and even a new migrant caravan on the horizon. Is it a coincidence that all this is happening at the same time?
Or is it the working of a Deep State that, with four months before the election, has decided to pull out all the stops to derail four more years of a Trump presidency?
Read more at: TheNewAmerican.com