“Virtually every prominent online personality who helped get Trump elected has now been banned on some or all social media platforms. Do you think that is a coincidence? Or is it a political purge?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
“So surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook!”
“Donald J Trump retweeted your tweet.” Very cool, Mr. President, very cool.
But while tweets are nice, we need action. A handful of giant corporations have seized control of the new town square, and are digitally disappearing dissidents. The first rule of Facebook is don’t talk about anyone that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like, otherwise you’ll be banned from Facebook.
This isn’t a joke, it is literally their new policy. They’re not just banning people, they’re dictating the opinions that everyone on the platform is allowed to have. Merely appearing in a photo or a video with someone who Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like is enough to get you banned.
This is virtually identical to the communist Chinese “social credit score” system, but instead, it is controlled by giant corporations with more power than some countries. But at least in China, it is written down so you know how to stay in compliance…
How tragic is it that Snoop Dogg, who encouraged his 32 million followers to flood Facebook and Instagram videos, has a better grasp of the principle of freedom of speech than 90% of journalists? The same journalists who whine about Trump targeting the media, and then pop champagne works when anyone on the right gets silenced. This has nothing to do with “hate,” whatever that means. This is about you beginning to lose the argument culturally and politically. So instead of trying to engage on a level playing field, you know, actually doing some work, you merely silence the dissent.
This is classic authoritarianism… Yet we’re the dangerous ones? Really?
Virtually every prominent online personality who helped get Trump elected has now been banned on some or all social media platforms. Do you think that is a coincidence? Or is it a political purge? And isn’t it great how Facebook has banned all of these dangerous extremists, while still allowing people to surf Hamas and Hezbollah pages?
Facebook is the establishment and knows popular dissent is keeping establishment candidates out of office. 2016 was the turning point and showed that an anti-establishment figure like Trump could win, so they’re silencing populist voices ahead of 2020.
Here’s what needs to happen: Platform access should be a civil right for all citizens in all countries. We need a digital Bill of Rights. Social media is the digital public square. The only circumstance for banning someone from the digital public square should be if they abuse that public square to post something criminal or an immediate incitement to violence.
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