Mergers and acquisitions among these firms have made behemoths of a few of them, and squelched competition. The most powerful of these communications platforms are now acting as the arm of our government and they censor whatever content is deemed to run counter to the message our leaders want to convey. Opposing viewpoints are eliminated. People are canceled.
Big Tech Censorship
Type in a topic in the “Search” field on Chrome, and which search engine controls the results? The openly leftist Google, of course. With Edge, the search engine is Bing which is owned and operated by Microsoft, which is just as left-leaning as Google. Big Tech is notoriously leftwing, and when we use their browsers and search engines, not only are we subjecting ourselves to consuming their narratives, we’re also putting money in their pockets.
The only way to challenge and expose an ill-conceived idea is to break down and dispute that very idea with reasoning and then offer a superior alternative. It will be problematic to dissolve such ideas by pushing them into the midst of the dark web or online forums such as 4Chan or 8Chan. In other words, censorship will merely add more oxygen to these ideas, and they will continue to grow.
It’s one thing to lose your dignity as citizens, and another to just lose your country altogether, and that is the circle of hell that the Left has dragged everyone else into since even before Hillary Clinton booted the 2016 election. This tyrannical Maoist managerial mob, grown paradoxically rich beyond precedent, became a tool of the state itself working around the inconvenient first amendment to hog-tie public debate. Will the US government allow Mr. Musk to get away with liberating the new “public square?”
Facts Matter, Unless They’re Bad For Joe Biden: New Analysis By Big Tech Watchdog Exposes Mass Hypocrisy
Yet as bad as this analysis looks for Big Tech – and for our freedom of speech as a result – the picture looks even more bleak when we consider the context. MRC’s analysis only took into consideration the censorship of material relating to Joe Biden. What would those numbers look like if they included criticisms of Vice-President Kamala Harris? And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi? And Senate Leader Chuck Schumer?
Mighty forces are marshaling to prevent Elon Musk from buying up Twitter stock and taking the company private. BlackRock, Vanguard, the prince regent of Saudi Arabia are all principal stockholders in Twitter, with gazillions in capital to theoretically match and overcome Mr. Musk’s moves. Meanwhile, the Tesla boss maintains a prankish self-confidence in this exploit, offering cryptically comic gibes to a news media that is openly vested in opposing him.
Right Over Their Heads! Elon Musk Trolls Twitter On Their Own Platform, And the Left Totally Misses It
And the serious reactions to the not-so-serious tweet weren’t just limited to Twitter. The leftwing media fell for Musk’s trolling as well. Consider this headline from The Street, “Musk Has an Original Idea to Solve The Homeless Crisis in San Francisco.” Or this one from Business Insider, “Elon Musk floated the idea of turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter.” Well done, Elon, well done.
The truckers have said they will remain in Ottawa until all Canadian government COVID mandates are rescinded. GoFundMe has joined Big Tech to decide that the protest is no longer peaceful and has frozen the entire fund and shut down the page set up for the Canadian truckers. Call it what it is. They have stolen $10 Million given to the truckers for fuel, food, lodging, and other expenses these truckers will need.
Neil Young was as anti-establishment as one gets. And now, in the October of his years, Young has totally flipped. He’s fully onboard with government control, so much so that he’s willing to put his money where his mouth is. A man whom the establishment would have loved to have silenced in the early days of his career is now calling for the silencing of others, particularly Joe Rogan. The singer who attacked the government and the establishment for putting “Mother Nature on the run, in the 1970s” is now advocating for that same government and establishment to de-platform those with whom he disagrees.
Our own government is actively conditioning The People to accept censorship. –to believe that information and differences of opinion are dangerous, that it’s okay to shut others down, punish them, scapegoat them or do whatever you want to them…even forcibly remove them from society if they don’t comply with tyrannical edicts. If the state that stands to benefit from such imposed tyranny can convince the people that some of their countrymen are dangerous, they can also get them to believe that they deserve whatever they get–maybe even get them to snitch on their neighbors. Where have we heard all this before?
How would Norman Rockwell have depicted 2021? Would the lone speaker be standing tall and confident, knowing that he would suffer no retribution for his words? Or would the artist somehow depict his emotions, knowing that he is placing himself at great personal risk of being canceled from his livelihood and social associations?
When lobbed softballs on the subject of misinformation or disinformation (on election integrity and COVID, for example), Secretary Mayorkas said that addressing this was under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security. That they were working on it because “misinformation, uh, pointedly, disinformation have very serious and significant ramifications for homeland security. “
As you can tell from the tweet, DeSantis was responding to a Heritage Foundation video, in which Kara Frederick, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, testifies in a House Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing, describing a massive disparity in who is censored by the Big Tech Masters of the Universe and the tools that Facebook uses to censor right-leaning content.
Information is power. Every powerful person or entity knows this, which is why there’s such a huge push to limit information these days. Look carefully at where that push is coming from, and then consider every bit of information you encounter through that specific lens. In other words, weigh everything – EVERYTHING – based on who is providing or pushing the information you’re being presented with.
The problem with many conservative alternatives to Big Tech platforms is that the concepts aren’t mature or the services aren’t particularly good. Parler was a great idea that was executed in a haphazard manner and ultimately became unusable. Other social media alternatives have a limited user base and/or don’t have enough features to make them as useful as the Big Tech ones.
When Facebook began providing Trump supporters’ information and data — including their private messages — to the FBI in January, especially those in the vicinity of the January 6th civil unrest in D.C., they were acting as a de facto intelligence arm of the U.S. government. And it makes all of us wonder just how long prior to January was Facebook acting in such a capacity.
Social media censorship is not a new issue. It’s been happening for years and we’ve stood idly by while Zuckerberg and the others tried to cancel a Founding Father and hide American heritage.
With impeachment and the impending Senate trial, Democrats will keep Trump and the riots on the front burner of our national dialogue longer than they would have been otherwise, and they will try to get as much of their radical agenda through as possible. But hoping to distract voters from the absurdity of issues like Medicare-For-All and the repealing of tax cuts by dwelling on Donald Trump won’t work. And unless they can get questionable Democrats in the Senate to abolish the filibuster, their radical agenda is largely doomed anyway.
Big Tech companies like Twitter and Facebook have gone beyond the pale with what they did to silence discussion about the New York Post stories about Joe Biden’s lies and Hunter Biden’s corruption. In fact, by shutting down the Trump Campaign’s account for doing nothing other than tweeting out an article, I think that Twitter is interfering in the election.