And so the Big Tech purge continues. Facebook and Instagram have banned Paul Joesph Watson, Infowars, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulous, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen and Louis Farrakhan, citing a vague policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Now you, like me, have recognized one of these things is not like the other. News organizations are classifying this purge as a “far-right purge.” But Louis Farrakhan isn’t a right-leaning individual so much as he is a left-wing darling nutcase who hates Israel, Jews and possibly white people. But first, let’s get to our friend, Paul Joseph Watson:
Reports are true.
I have been banned by Facebook.
Was given no reason. I broke none of their rules.
In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged.
Please visit https://t.co/4psjfSdF96 while it still exists.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 2, 2019
Was given no reason. Am I shocked? No. Are you shocked? No. Are you a little scared of where this is heading? Appropriate.
I’ve not spoken with Paul, but he’s been on Louder with Crowder a number of times. He’s hardly dangerous. The most he does is yell into a camera with a map in the background, dropping the occasional F-bomb. Of course, what’s dangerous about him is speaking out against authoritarianism. Sometimes speaking out against Islamic terrorism, Britain’s tendency to drop deuces on its people, some problems of feminism (but also of incels) among other social justice topics. Including how Big Tech tilts left. So…
I’m no fan of Laura Loomer personally, but what has she done that’s “dangerous”? Last I checked, being a silly person isn’t a crime.
Jones, Yiannopoulos, Watson, Loomer, Nehlen, and Farrakhan are all personally banned, as are any accounts set up in their likenesses. But users may still praise those figures on Instagram or share content related to them that doesn’t violate other Instagram and Facebook terms of service. “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today,” a Facebook spokesperson said over email.
“But users may still praise those figures” for now. For how long, we don’t know.
Listen, this is bad. Facebook and Instagram are moving more towards censorship, banning voices they don’t like. That makes them more of a publisher, not a free platform for all.
People are always going to say stupid shit. Just look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and anytime Cory Booker breaks out the resting Hangry Face. Socialism and the praise of socialism are spreading over social media just like ant-vaxxing nonsense is. But Facebook allows one, and is stomping on the other.
Either Big Tech is a free platform, letting people access and spread content they want (however ridiculous), or they’re a publisher, deciding who and what gets published, and therefore shouldn’t advertise themselves as a free speech platforms.
Seems like a cut and dry case to me, no? How long before we seriously visit the topic of regulating these platforms like they’re utilities? And how long before Facebook and Instagram widen their search and purge parameters to target people like us?
The left cannot stand being opposed. They don’t have better ideas, so they silence ideas they don’t like.